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Partisan politics is not working for the American people. Congress has an abysmal approval rating and cannot legislate, much less innovate. We need new ways to conduct our political and civic life, but the political parties continue to assert their control over our voting and governing processes. The parties view gridlock as the solution, not the problem!

Endorse the open primaries movement and be a part of a growing coalition of diverse Americans working to educate and organize voters in all 50 states.

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Endorsements:

Carol Rabaut
Everyone should be able to cast a vote regardless of party affiliation or no party affiliation.
Laura Heck
As a registered Independent, I believe I should have my right to vote in all elections.
Zack Martinelli
From my early to mid twenties I was pretty strictly conservative, but in recent years some of my views have changed and I’ve recently switched to independent because I dont really feel I am apart of either party. I really feel like I should be involved in primaries even though I am no longer apart of a specific political party. This would just encourage more voting and a more accurate depiction of who america wants as our leaders.
Charnikka Terry
American citizens should not be put into the middle of a political power struggle between Democrats and Republicans. The two party system is destroying our democracy. No person should have to affiliate themself with a political party in order to vote!
Shael Riley
Political parties are one of the pillars of rot that’s poisoned our political system and culture. They must be dis-empowered if we are to survive as a nation.
Jeremy Sammons
For democracy to thrive, it is imperative we remove the current party stranglehold of the primary process.
Greg Simon
Let our voices be heard collectively through a more competitive, Innovative and efficient election process to be able to take on today’s most challenging issues.
Jeffrey Woflson
I am a registered Unaffiliated in Maryland. I do not like the fact that only the extreme are allowed to vote. It doesn’t work for good representation of the people and it suppresses the need for challengers as it locks in incumbents.
Mary Lewis
As a lifelong Marylander and a registered voter for almost 40 years, I should not have to blindly affiliate with a party, I vote according to who represents my communities’ interest.
Christopher Milan
No American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote in a taxpayer funded election.
Otha Nash
I don’t want the office-holders who represent me to owe their position and their loyalty to anyone but the body of voters who put them into office. People over parties.
aleem young
I’m running for governor
Crystal Tellis
Our country has been tied to a two party tyranny system for centuries. When we vote for parties, we vote for the same two candidates that just keep running. Representation is far harder, the budget needed to run is more elite, and the opportunities is much more limited in perspectives with parties. Limited checks and balances systems with parties and no real way to get things done in this country. If we want an equal opportunity country, we need open primaries because everyone deserves a chance.
Kevin Kohler
I want to be able to vote for a person, not an outdated political system.
Scott Beaumont
Open primaries will allow more citizens to participate in voting, increase faith in democracy in the US and select more centrist candidates. This will decrease the polarization in politics that has disenfranchised so many American who are eligible to vote.

The United States has a long history of expanding voting rights. Most of this has been done through constitutional amendments, validating how important this is to a functioning democracy. This includes expanding voting rights to former slaves, disallowing poll taxes, expanding voting rights to women, and lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.

Open primaries are another important step in this historical direction. Our founding fathers didn’t want political parties to get so much control over the election process. The constitution is reasonably silent on the issue of political parties. The political parties have control over a significant part of the election process. This includes primaries, rules for participation in debates (does an independent candidate have a forum for a televised debate?) and other controls. Open primaries provide independents, who also pay taxes, to participate in the democratic process.
Scott Beaumont
Open primaries will allow more citizens to participate in voting, increase faith in democracy in the US and select more centrist candidates. This will decrease the polarization in politics that has disenfranchised so many American who are eligible to vote.

The United States has a long history of expanding voting rights. Most of this has been done through constitutional amendments, validating how important this is to a functioning democracy. This includes expanding voting rights to former slaves, disallowing poll taxes, expanding voting rights to women, and lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.

Open primaries are another important step in this historical direction. Our founding fathers didn’t want political parties to get so much control over the election process. The constitution is reasonably silent on the issue of political parties. The political parties have control over a significant part of the election process. This includes primaries, rules for participation in debates (does an independent candidate have a forum for a televised debate?) and other controls. Open primaries provide independents, who also pay taxes, to participate in the democratic process.
Regina M. Maxa-Lieberman
Freedom to vote for the person – not the party.
My true affiliation is Independent, but to have my voice somewhat heard… I have to register as a Republican.
The Republican party sickens me to my core!
Matthew Cook
It is criminal for private institutions which is what political parties are, to hijack to vary process that is so essential to American self government. Primaries was instituted by the Progressive movement to make the election process more democratic, not as a way for private institutions to commit voter suppression in the United States. when I pulled nomination papers to campaign for the State Representative position in the Massachusetts General Court, I did not for one moment care about what political affiliation that maybe my soon-to-be constituents was. All I cared about was to receive the votes to become the nominee so I could represent them in the state legislature, so they can have a voice. Any private institution that denies people their right to cast a vote a candidate that they believe can best do the job is not only an enemy of the United States but a coward due to them not allowing all voters regardless of political affiliation the right to exercise their free speech through voting. with all that being said, even though I sincerely believe that this is not enough to make government work for all of us, it is a step toward the right direction and with that I am proud to endorse openly open primaries to be implemented in all states in our American Union.
Cheryl Molyneaux
If we are free we should be free in all respects.
Olivia Pine
No individual should be forced to affiliate with a political party to advocate for their rights at the voting booth.
Timothy Heck Jr
We need candidates that serve their constituency, not small clicks of PACs or groups for their small interest group. Elected officials must be able to work with each other, be open to new ideas and ways of solving our problems instead of being hemmed in by narrow and myopic parties. If 2 companies own a whole market the FTC usually brands them a monopoly and breaks them up, why does our political system not do the same thing. A candidate should run for the larges majority of people they can, then people will get interested in politics and how it severely affects their everyday lives.
Andrew Brownsword
IMHO, Americans should reject political parties by registering as independent or unenrolled. One major problem with that is that, in many states, people would either not be able to vote in primaries or would have to re-register with a party to vote. Unacceptable. Nationwide, we should do it like we do in Massachusetts.

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Bill Ve
If we want to have candidates who aren’t extremists — candidates who share moderate views and who believe in compromise — then we must change the primary process to make that possible. This is the only practical idea I’ve found to do that.
Thomas Krizman
We need to be free from career politicians.
Al Bell
American voices who speak for our entire citizenry instead of politically channeled blocks must be heard without artificial and arbitrary constraints by political parties. We will not always agree, but we must be heard.