Posted by Russell Daniels on February 12, 2021 at 12:48 PM
written by William Westhoven for the Morristown Daily Record
The Morris County Republican Committee voted to institute a county line to identify the primary candidates it will endorse on future ballots, settling a long-running debate.
Committee members voted 305-143 during a virtual meeting Saturday to end the era of open primaries, a move supporters of the measure say is needed to contend with increasing Democratic footing in a county that has long been a Republican stronghold, said Vice Chairman Peter King.
Posted by Russell Daniels on February 12, 2021 at 12:03 PM
written by Rob Welton for Juneau Empire
When did compromise and bipartisanship become dirty words? While watching the gridlock and name-calling in the U.S. Congress, I thought to myself “thank goodness the craziness hasn’t spread to Alaska.” Former Gov. Bill Walker reached across the aisle and ran with Byron Mallott. In the last session, moderate Republicans formed a bipartisan coalition with Democrats. First, Walker lost his re-election bid to a man promising a statutory free lunch. Then, last August, former Senate President Cathy Giessel and other moderate Republicans were primaried out of office. How can we break the fever of this partisan pandemic? There is a promising political vaccine on the horizon.
Posted by Russell Daniels on February 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM
written by the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD for the Albuquerque Journal
Independent voters don’t have a voice in New Mexico’s primary elections, and lawyers are financing judicial campaigns.
Two good-government bills addressing these election shortcomings have been introduced in the Legislature, and it’s time to pass them both and make them law.
Posted by Russell Daniels on February 05, 2021 at 1:43 PM
So-called independent voters, or those who do not identify as Republicans or Democrats, made up more than two-fifths of the electorate as the new year began.
Posted by Russell Daniels on February 05, 2021 at 10:48 AM
Opinion by Timothy Egan for The New York Times
I try not to bet on politics; it’s better to gamble on March Madness, the best sporting event in America. But here’s a wager I would make: The two Republican House members from Washington State who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump will not only survive their next election but do even better in 2022 than they did last year.
Posted by Russell Daniels on February 04, 2021 at 11:41 AM
Written By David Jolly, Patrick Murphy, and John Opdycke for Smerconish.com
Tens of thousands of former Republican voters have changed their party registration since the events of January 6 in our nation’s capital, with most registering as independents or with a minor political party.
Posted by Russell Daniels on January 26, 2021 at 2:32 PM
Testimony of Jeremy Gruber, Senior VP, Open Primaries
Virginia House Privileges and Elections - Election Administration Subcommittee
January 26, 2021
My name is Jeremy Gruber and I am the Senior Vice President of Open Primaries. Open Primaries is a national, non-profit election reform organization dedicated to more inclusive election systems.
Posted by Russell Daniels on January 20, 2021 at 1:39 PM
written by John Opdycke & Jeremy Gruber for TimesUnion
New York lawmakers approved a series of electoral reforms over the last two years, including early voting and consolidation of primary elections. Most recently, they made another smart upgrade: automatic voter registration.
Posted by Russell Daniels on January 20, 2021 at 1:33 PM
written by Kevin Frazier for OregonLive
Oregon’s approach to elections is a lot like a shiny apple with a rotten core. From the exterior, it is a model for the rest of the country to follow. From mail-in voting to automatic voter registration, Oregon has done a lot to make democracy easy. But at the core, partisanship undermines efforts to make the state’s democracy more participatory and inclusive. Who cares how easy it is to vote if you don’t get to participate in every stage of the election, especially in what is arguably the most important stage?
Posted by Russell Daniels on January 07, 2021 at 11:09 AM
written by the editorial board for the Joplin Globe
Several Missouri lawmakers are pushing bills that would close the state's primaries, meaning voters would have to register with a party nearly half a year before the primary election.
Closed primaries are a bad move.