Posted by Russell Daniels on December 09, 2020 at 12:36 PM
written by Jeff Solomon for the Orlando Sentinel
(12/8/2020) Amendment 3, which mandated a “top-two” primary for elections, earned 57% of Florida voters’ support last month. More of us voted for it than voted for either Biden or Trump. A majority of our citizens want to let all voters vote in publicly funded primaries whether or not they are party members or independent.
Posted by Russell Daniels on November 23, 2020 at 1:03 PM
written by Kevin Frazier for the East Oregonian
As the dust of the election settles, it’s easy for Oregonians to pat themselves on the back for a relatively high turnout and a fairly smooth process of receiving and tallying votes. But Oregon’s democracy isn’t just broken, it’s unconstitutional.
Posted by Russell Daniels on November 05, 2020 at 2:28 PM
written by Dr. Jessie Fields & Rev. Darryl Gray for The Fulcrum
Gray is a Baptist minister, secretary of the Missouri Democratic Party and a former state senator in Kansas. Fields is a New York physician and a board member of Open Primaries, which advocates for nonpartisan nominating elections.
While Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden is, of course, the main event in American democracy this week, there are new conversations taking place in Black politics looking beyond this year toward important changes in the relationship between Black empowerment, electoral reform and the Democratic Party.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 26, 2020 at 11:36 AM
written by the St. Louis American
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 26, 2020 at 10:18 AM
Since organizing the Voters Not Politicians 2018 ballot initiative that put citizens in charge of drawing Michigan's legislative maps, Fahey has been founding executive director of The People, which is forming statewide networks to promote government accountability. She interviews a colleague in the world of democracy reform each month for our Opinion section.
Following a long day of remote learning, two high school students — 17-year old Elena Ashburn of Broward and 16-year-old Dariel Cruz Rodriguez of Orlando — shared their experiences as founders of Students for Open Primaries. The group is campaigning for adoption of a ballot measure that could remake politics in the most populous purple state — by opening Florida's legislative and other state primaries to all voters, regardless of party, and advancing the top two vote-getters, also regardless of party, to the general election. Our conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 06, 2020 at 10:25 AM
written by Danny Ortega for AZCentral
The big wild card in Arizona politics, and in national politics, is the Latino vote.
Most Democratic Party aligned pundits assume that because Donald Trump insults Mexicans and wants to build a border wall that Latinos will automatically vote for Biden.
Posted by Russell Daniels on August 31, 2020 at 9:23 AM
written by Dariel Cruz Rodriguez & Elena Ashburn for the Miami Herald
We both pre-registered to vote recently. Our party? No party. We pre-registered as NPAs — no party affiliation — following in the footsteps of 3.7 million of other Floridians. As NPAs, we won’t be tied to any party. In short, we are not satisfied with either the Democratic and Republican parties and how they run the country. More and more young people like us — including young people of color — don’t want to join a political party either.
Posted by Russell Daniels on August 31, 2020 at 9:17 AM
written by Dr. Jessie Fields for the South Florida Sun Sentinel
This November, Florida voters have the chance to expand the voting rights of all registered voters by supporting “All Voters Vote” — Amendment 3.
As a Black woman and a physician who grew up in the social isolation of poverty in the Black community of South Philadelphia, I support Joe Biden’s decision to choose Kamala Harris as his running mate. She is a woman of color and a talented politician. And as she said at her announcement, she stands on the shoulders of women of color who came before her.
Posted by Russell Daniels on August 31, 2020 at 9:11 AM
written by the Editorial board of the St. Louis Post Dispatch
If much of St. Louis frequently seems unhappy with the city’s political leadership, it may be because, too often, the mayor and other top officials were chosen by a small minority of the voters. Mayor Lyda Krewson, for example, won the 2017 Democratic primary — which in this Democratic city is tantamount to winning the seat — with just 32% of the vote in a crowded field.
Posted by Russell Daniels on June 04, 2020 at 2:48 PM