Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 11:08 PM
letter to the editor in The Standard Examiner by Lora Beth Brown
HB 197 Voter Affiliation Amendments is not a good bill. It mimics Republicans across the U.S in trying to limit voter participation. This Utah bill restricts when members of third parties can change their voter registration, to vote in the closed Republican primary.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 10:49 PM
by Rich Vial for The Oregon Way
"If the Oregon Way is to give all its citizens an equal opportunity to choose their representatives, then filling vacancies through fair and open elections is the only real solution."
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 10:45 PM
written by Allison Frost for OBP
Think Out Loud--featuring John Horvick (DHM Research)
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 10:38 PM
Letter to the Editor by Jim Shaffer to the Press Herald
I consider myself a political independent, so why am I enrolled in a party? It is because, as an independent, I can’t participate in (taxpayer-funded) primary elections.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 25, 2021 at 10:32 PM
Letter to the Editor by Janet Williams for CentralMaine.com
Maine bill L.D. 231 supports semi-open primaries, which would open Maine’s primary elections to unenrolled voters. This would allow independent voters to cast one ballot in the primary of their choice. Republicans and Democrats would not be able to vote in a primary other then their own party’s.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 19, 2021 at 9:33 AM
letter to the editor from Scarborough City Councilors in the Press Herald
To the editor,
First, although we are all elected officials in Scarborough, this letter reflects our personal opinions, not those of the Scarborough Town Council or BOE.
We are writing to respectfully encourage legislators to support LD 231, An Act to Establish Open Primaries.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 19, 2021 at 1:25 AM
originally appeared in The CommonWealth Club
Dr. Charles Munger advocates good government, representative politics and a strong, responsible two-party system for California and the nation. Viewed by many as a moderate Republican, Dr. Munger campaigned in 2012 for California's current open "top two" primary and was the co-author of 2010's Proposition 20 to keep elected representatives separate from the process of creating congressional districts. He believes both have worked to encourage true representative government.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 11, 2021 at 11:11 PM
written by Bryan Metzger for New Mexico In Depth
When New Mexicans head to the polls during a general election, they usually have just two viable options: a Democrat or a Republican. There may be a Libertarian or unaffiliated candidate on the ballot, as well. Sometimes there may even be just one candidate on the ballot, as was the case in more than a quarter of the 112 state legislative races in the 2020 general election, all of whom represented a major political party.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 3:07 PM
By David Hawkings for The Fulcrum
The movement to weaken the major parties' hold on primaries, the de facto elections in much of this politically polarized nation, has been dealt a fresh setback in Utah.
Gov. Spencer Cox is expected to sign legislation, which won final passage this week from his fellow Republicans in dominant control of the Legislature, to prevent Utahns from switching parties within three months of a primary.
Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 1:43 PM
written by Katie Mckellar (Deseret News) for KSL.com
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to cut off Utahns' ability to switch political party affiliation months before primary elections has won approval from the full Utah Legislature.
Rep. Jordan Teuscher's HB197 passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote Wednesday, after the House last month voted 41-30 to approve it. The bill now goes to Gov. Spencer Cox's desk for his signature or veto.