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Open Non-Partisan Primary Proposal Makes Ballot as Amendment V

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 12, 2016 at 5:49 PM

This article was published in The Dakota Free Press.

At this rate, Rick Weiland may end up getting more constructive laws passed than Mike Rounds….

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs certified Rick Weiland and Drey Samuelson’s open non-partisan primary petition today. Neighbors, you will thus have the opportunity to vote on a proposal to change how we elect every county, state, and federal official except for the President. Under the proposal, instead of holding separate primaries for Democratic and Republican candidates, we would hold one primary election in June, with all candidates from all parties, plus Independents, on the same ballot. Every voter from every party, including Independents, would get to vote on the same ballot, for whichever candidates they want. The top two primary vote-getters for each office (or, in races like State House, where voters have two seats to fill, the top four vote-getters) would advance to the general election.

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Votantes latinos de Arizona sienten que políticos no representan a comunidad

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 21, 2015 at 5:11 PM

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This article was published by La Voz Arizona.

Una encuesta realizada por Latino Outreach Open Primaries revela que el 75 % de los votantes hispanos en este estado sienten que los políticos son mas "leales" a su partido político que a los electores que representan

PHOENIX, Arizona-- Los votantes latinos en Arizona se sienten frustrados con el partido republicano y demócrata por igual, porque sienten que no representan a sus comunidades, según un reciente sondeo de opinión.

"Los temas que interesan por general a los latinos son los mismos que al resto de la población, como la educación y mejores empleos. Queremos tener un sistema político que beneficie a las comunidades y no a un partido político", dijo hoy a Efe Amida López, directora de Latino Outreach for Open Primaries, con sede en Phoenix, Arizona.

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Votantes latinos de Arizona, decepcionados de demócratas y republicanos

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 18, 2015 at 5:16 PM

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This article was published by Univision.

Los votantes latinos en Arizona se sienten frustrados con el partido republicano y demócrata por igual, porque sienten que no representan a sus comunidades, según un reciente sondeo de opinión.

"Los temas que interesan por general a los latinos son los mismos que al resto de la población, como la educación y mejores empleos. Queremos tener un sistema político que beneficie a las comunidades y no a un partido político", dijo Amida López, directora de Latino Outreach for Open Primaries, con sede en Phoenix, Arizona.

Esta organización dio a conocer el pasado lunes una encuesta que revela que el 75% de los votantes hispanos en este estado sienten que los políticos son mas "leales" a su partido político que a los electores que representan.

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Hand over political power to the voters

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM

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This OpEd was written by Harry Kresky and Open Primaries President John Opdycke for the Albany Times Union.

Sheldon Silver's conviction has created an opportunity for New York's good government community to demand change. Over the week, a veritable chorus of civic leaders and concerned elected officials have issued militant calls for ethics reform.

We don't know which is worse, Sheldon Silver's thievery or the "government reformers" who think you can make legislators more ethical by enacting more detailed codes of conduct and more bureaucracy to enforce them. What needs reform is Albany's highly partisan political arrangement, which allows party leaders in the Legislature to exercise the "absolute power that corrupts absolutely."

Silver is a case in point. He served in the Assembly for 39 years and as speaker for 21 years. He was the product of and then the boss of the Manhattan Democratic Party's powerful Lower East Side machine. Silver was elected and re-elected in partisan primaries — which exclude the growing number of independent voters — with turnouts averaging 12 percent of Democratic Party voters and margins in the range of 90 percent. On at least 14 occasions he ran unopposed. His general election margins averaged 85 percent, and in 2010 he ran unopposed.

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Nebraska has made voting a lot better for everybody. It's a model for the country.

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 15, 2015 at 10:06 AM

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This article was written by Brandon Weber for Upworthy.

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The primary system we use to choose candidates in the United States is broken, but there's a proven way to make it better.

A tiny fraction of possible voters get to choose who is actually running for office. It's what happens in most state and federal elections across the country; if you're a registered Republican, you get to vote in the primaries for that party. Democrat? Same.

But what if you're among the more than 40% of voters (and half of all millennials) who are independent?

In many states, you have to actually register as a member of a party in order to vote in the primary.

If registering as a member of a party you don't necessarily agree with on many issues rubs you the wrong way, join the club.

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Constitutional Amendment Seeks To Establish Nonpartisan Elections In SD

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 11, 2015 at 3:12 PM

This piece was featured on South Dakota Public Radio.

SDPB.jpgA constitutional amendment to establish nonpartisan elections in South Dakota may be on the ballot in 2016. The amendment seeks to stop candidates from running under the title of democrat or republican.

The constitutional amendment is controversial for some Democrats and Republicans. Rick Weiland is the chair of South Dakotan’s for a Nonpartisan Democracy. He says the amendment will lead to better public policy. 

“It shouldn’t be about the wellbeing of a country based on whether or not you’re a Democrat or Republican. We’re all citizens of the greatest democracy in the world and we need to come together. There are challenges that we face as a country here in the United States and around the world—Issues that have got to be tackled. But if all we can do is stand up and beat the drum, this partisan drum, and this unwillingness to cross the isles and work together to solve these problems, we’re never going to get at them,” says Weiland.

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Think voting is for chumps? You might be interested in this system some states are trying out

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 09, 2015 at 12:59 PM

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This article was written by Brandon Weber for Upworthy

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Elections in almost all states in our country come down to primaries, where the candidate who actually makes it onto the final ticket is chosen by a small percentage of people. 

In fact, in some states, you actually have to register for a specific party in order to vote in the primaries for given candidates.

In other words, if you want to vote in the primaries for Party X, you have to be registered as a Party Xer. Even if you don't agree with them.

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Arizona independents are rising and demanding equality

Posted by Kellie Ryan on November 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM

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This OpEd was written by Open Primaries Arizona Campaign Director Patrick McWhortor for the Arizona Capitol Times.

At last, a spotlight is on the most important group of voters in Arizona: independents.

A recent study published by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU focused on the largest group of registered voters in our state, and highlighted one essential fact – their numbers have grown from 11 percent in 1992 to 37 percent today, and they keep growing. This is consistent with national reports, which indicate 43 percent of Americans identify as independents. Voters are fleeing the parties, including a majority of new millennial voters, who refuse to join a party in the first place.

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Arizona organization fighting for non-partisan primary elections

Posted by Kellie Ryan on November 05, 2015 at 5:11 PM

This piece was written by Corbin Carson for KTAR News

PHOENIX — Political parties are using Hispanics like pawns, according to a campaigner for non-partisan primary elections.

Armida Lopez, Latino outreach coordinator for Open Primaries Arizona, said the organization wants every candidate to face every voter in their constituency.

“What we want is for every candidate, regardless of their party affiliation — if they’re red, if they’re blue, [or] independent — every candidate should have to face every voter in their constituency,” she said. “Not just their base.”

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