Posted on June 02, 2016 at 4:06 PM
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California Primary Concludes Flawed Primary Season
Open Primaries Launches National Petition to Reform Presidential Primaries
New York – June 2, 2016 – Tuesday June 7th marks the conclusion of the deeply flawed presidential primary process.
26.3 million independent voters, including almost half of all millennial voters, were barred from voting in presidential primaries this year. Millions more registered Democrats and Republicans were prevented from voting for the candidate of their choice. The result? Recent polling shows 70% of all Americans now support open primaries.
4,141,860 registered independent voters in Californians—who are accustomed to voting in public primaries in which all voters, regardless of party, get to participate and choose from among all the candidates—have the option of voting in the Democratic Presidential primary next Tuesday.
Open Primaries, responding to public demand for primary reform, has launched a petition calling on both Democratic and Republican convention rules committees to amend their rules and allow all voters to participate in the Presidential Primaries in 2020 whether they are registered to vote in a party or not.
“If the parties want to continue to have tax-payers fund their primaries, then everyone should be able to participate” said John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries. “An open system is better for our country, our people, and even our elected officials, and we hope the parties follow the lead of the American people and conduct open contests in all 50 states in 2020.”
Open Primaries is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization working to enact open and nonpartisan primary systems, counter efforts to impose closed primaries, educate voters, train and support spokespeople, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions. Open Primaries is a movement of diverse Americans who believe in a simple, yet radical idea: no American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote.