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Glazer's victory harbinger of change to national election landscape

Posted by Kellie Ryan on June 15, 2015 at 4:32 PM

This article was written by Open Primaries president John Opdycke and published by the Contra Costa Times.

Voters of California, America thanks you! 

As many experts have opined, Steve Glazer's victory in the special state Senate race last month, which like all elections in California utilized the "Top Two" nonpartisan election system, signals a dramatic change in California's politics. 

Under Top Two, California politics is becoming less predictable, less controlled and less exclusionary. The old approaches (which involved much dividing and much conquering) are not as effective as they used to be at manipulating the electorate. And members of the Legislature, who now must face all the voters to win, are much more capable of working across the aisle and tackling tough issues. 

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Mississippians favor nonpartisan primary, Open Primaries poll says

Posted by Kellie Ryan on June 02, 2015 at 2:29 PM

This article was published by the Mississippi Sun Herald.

A poll by Open Primaries, a national organization that supports nonpartisan elections, says 85 percent of primary voters favor nonpartisan primaries.

According to the poll released by Open Primaries on Monday, 88 percent of Republicans and 81 percent of Democrats agreed with the statement, "A nonpartisan system would force politicans to represent people, not parities."

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The rise of the Independent Voter

Posted by Kellie Ryan on May 22, 2015 at 11:50 AM

 This article was originally published by the Indianapolis Recorder.

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Consider opening the primaries to independent voters

Posted by Kellie Ryan on April 08, 2015 at 3:14 PM

This oped was published in the Albany Times Union.

Last July, Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote an editorial for The New York Times advocating for sweeping reform of the primary system. "For those of us who are in despair over partisanship and polarization in Congress, reform of the primary system is a start." It's more than a start. There are 2.9 million independent voters in New York whose voices are left out of an important part of the democratic process — vetting candidates for the general election. 

It's more than a start. There are 2.9 million independent voters in New York whose voices are left out of an important part of the democratic process — vetting candidates for the general election. Reformers recognize that our current electoral system is out of sync with the country.

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Independent-Minded Leaders Focus on Fixing American Politics at National Conference

Posted by Kellie Ryan on March 30, 2015 at 4:03 PM

This article was originally published by the Independent Voter Network.

I was impressed to find such a far-reaching conglomerate of individuals at the National Conference of Independents in New York City, which took place during the weekend of March 13-15. Illinois, California, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Virginia, Oregon, Mississippi, Colorado, Kentucky, New York, Arizona, and the list could go on and on.

I was impressed to find such a far-reaching conglomerate of individuals at the National Conference of Independents in New York City, which took place during the weekend of March 13-15. Illinois, California, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Virginia, Oregon, Mississippi, Colorado, Kentucky, New York, Arizona, and the list could go on and on.

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In the news: Sacramento Bee publishes op-ed by Open Primaries President John Opdycke

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM

This oped was published by The Sacramento Bee

This month, the California Journal of Politics and Policy released a hit job on the state’s system of nonpartisan top-two primaries. 

The authors employ studies, surveys and sophisticated analyses to obfuscate their attacks and say it’s too early to draw conclusions, but their message and intentions ring clear: Top two is a dud. It has not produced moderate legislators, has not led to an increase of voter turnout and has not affected outcomes. It is misguided at best, detrimental at worst.

 

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What Washington State Can Teach Us About Gridlock In 'The Other Washington'

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM

This article was originally published in FiveThirtyEightPolitics.

Central Washington’s sleepy Yakima Valley, perhaps best known as the nation’s top producer of hops and apples, is a safely Republican region. But it may have also quietly produced the most intriguing election outcome of 2014.

Central Washington’s sleepy Yakima Valley, perhaps best known as the nation’s top producer of hops and apples, is a safely Republican region. But it may have also quietly produced the most intriguing election outcome of 2014.

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