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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:

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I want to be able to vote for a person, not an outdated political system.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.
Ishbara Acosta
I’m unaffiliated and would like to vote for the candidates that I believe in – and I don’t want to throw my hat in either party ring – as I don’t agree with either major party.
Christina Rice
Every American has the right to vote and should be able to participate regardless of whether or not they align themselves with a particular party. We are not meant to be a two-party system.
Robert Hall
Party’s pander around election time and in actuality serve large donors, be they pacs or corps, they’re like spoiled rich kids that get a bunch of cards in the mail and only reach out to the ones that have a check enclosed. Opening primaries is a step but far from a solution. Money selects candidates and if voting really changed anything it would be illegal. Why did Citigroup hand pick Bush, Clinton and Obama’s cabinet? It’s an illusion, a masterpiece of deception in fact, orchestrated by an established network of back state gov and corp media to give the idea we have choice but the candidates are always the same. They all bark a good game until the shows over and then it’s back to business as usual enriching themselves first and be damned the people. It’s pretty much a communist state by now save for the flag or anything overtly visible changing and its been done incrementally going on over a century. Even the state itself is afraid to keep its wealth here, why ABC Google stock held by gov pension funds is 90% offshored in Bermuda and Panama for tax reasons is a farce. Welfare is 50% of the population thanks to both parties weakness in addressing it. Poverty has been subsidized and trades the market with Kraft Heinz profits from snap stamps while complex zoning, taxes, predatory legal and unskilled labor undermine the hopes of small business startups. You have to have a permit to sell lemonade on your lawn or have a garage sale but beggars with cardboard stand openly in busy intersections… I could go on and on but what’s the point the sheer inefficiency and corruption of government is such that it’s become the biggest criminal in all of history. I wasn’t even going to bother to vote but my 70+ year old boss is adamant that I do as he imagines it actually means something. I don’t believe a word and heck I trust the banks more than governments and that’s says a lot I think. Trump lost me when he failed his first job to repeal communist healthcare, a clear sign that it was all for show none of his words meant diddly. Going after China is another cloaked enterprise it’s more strategic from a new world order perspective than anything, don’t let anyone get bigger than you so just funnel all that activity over to India where it’s gonna take them a few more years to raise up a meaningful challenge, but that day will come too eventually and they know it so by then what’s the plan? The real problem is America is divided from within by divorce rates and child welfare, state support and the like, things unheard of in India or China and that’s their edge against us that no political party is willing to discuss openly for fear of losing women or minorities support, so they just try to keep everything going while we’re bleeding to death with an obesity and opioid epidemic as cigarettes are taxed and pot is legalized, how unbelievably stupid, but I digress. Heck our great grandparents had Cocaine as an ingredient in America’s first fully automated manufacturing of the now iconic Coca-Cola brand and it wasn’t a big deal things got done but now everything is banned because everyone is incapable of testing a hot stove without incinerating themselves so we have to have a complex system around that and then it’s all brought in by government anyway just check the activity at some embassies and the cia deals. Gov is organized crime the biggest ever no doubts there and no open voting thing is gonna do much to change it sorry to say. In reality only a fool would entrust all responsibility to a representative and that’s what we’ve been set up to do, this removes our involvement in anything that is affective toward our wellbeing. What would be a better way were if voters had the ability to select their positions on the tasks we posit to our elected ruling class directly thus eliminating them entirely, and that my friends will never happen with these parasites.
Rp Comotto
Enable voters to nominate any candidate regardless of affiliation.
Jeff Moretz
Closed primaries serve to further entrench unresponsive party bureaucracies that are less effective at working across political classifications to achieve real, substantive, and highly desirable positive results. Open primaries more effectively engage voters by allowing them to get involved in the electoral process whenever and wherever they find the energy and capability to initiate such positive change.
Paul Johnson
We need the best ideas, policies and candidates to rise to the fore. Open Primaries helps to achieve that goal.
Match Zimmerman
It is vital that our country has more than two parties and the first step to getting there is to encourage voters to register as independent. This is much more enticing for voters if they have the ability to vote in primaries.