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Nebraska lawmakers advocate for non-partisan elections

Posted by Russell Daniels on May 11, 2016 at 11:40 PM


This article was written by Bridget Bennett for

As the battle to unite the Republican Party on the nation level continues, several lawmakers from Nebraska were in South Dakota Monday advocating for a different kind of election style.

This November, South Dakota voters will decide a ballot issue that would eliminate party affiliations for all candidates running for state office, something Nebraska has done for more than 80 years.

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Nebraska trio backing South Dakota measure to go nonpartisan

Posted by Russell Daniels on May 11, 2016 at 3:36 PM

5730f550a3e59.image.jpgThis article was written by Dirk Lammers for Rapid City Journal 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three Nebraska state legislators with South Dakota ties are lending their voices of support to a South Dakota constitutional amendment that would remove candidates' party affiliations from primary and general election ballots.

Nebraska has a nonpartisan, one-chamber legislature, in which Republican and Democratic candidates run against each other in primaries and the top vote-getters advance to the general election. If passed by South Dakota voters on Nov. 8, the measure championed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland with help from the non-profit Open Primaries would adopt a similar system for state House and Senate seats and other statewide offices.

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Neb. Legislators Make Pitch For Non-Partisan SD Initiative

Posted by Russell Daniels on May 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM


This article was written by Reilly Biel for Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.

South Dakota voters weary of partisan politics will have a chance this November to have their voices heard.

On Tuesday, Nebraskan legislators stopped by the Press & Dakotan to promote the South Dakotans for Non-Partisan Elections group, a set of leaders from the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties, as well as independents, who are pushing a November ballot initiative, Amendment V, would allow candidates to run on non-partisan terms without a party label. It would also allow all voters to participate in primary elections, as well as Senate elections.

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State senators to share nonpartisan lessons with South Dakotans

Posted by Al Benninghoff on May 04, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Sen. Galen HadleyThis article was written by Don Walton for Lincoln Journal Star.

Nebraska nonpartisanship may be slipping across the border.

Three state senators are headed north this month to talk with South Dakotans about the nonpartisan nature of Nebraska's Legislature as our neighbors consider taking a huge nonpartisan step of their own.

Leaders of an initiative in South Dakota that would move the state to a system of nonpartisan elections for congressional, state and county offices have cited Nebraska and its nonpartisan Legislature as their inspiration.

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Word on the Street: If map-drawing effort succeeds, primaries could be next reform target

Posted by John Fernandes on April 26, 2016 at 11:07 AM


This article was written by Chris Kaergard for Journal Star.

Amid all the legislative action last week, a few new alternatives to the Fair Map political redistricting plan were introduced in Springfield.

It seems likely that at least something will end up before voters in November, which holds benefits. A study out from the Lugar Center at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy suggests that the more bipartisan — or less gerrymandered — a legislative district is, the more bipartisan the elected official is.

But with those proposals still up in the air — one more palatable to reform-minded groups than the other — it got us thinking about some conversations we had earlier in the year with folks about next-step ideas that could follow any redistricting proposal.

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Can Independents Vote In The Connecticut Primary? There's At Least One Option For You

Posted by John Fernandes on April 26, 2016 at 10:57 AM


This article was written by Madhuri Sathish for

The New York primary received a significant amount of national attention earlier this week for its closed primary, but it wasn't the only one on the horizon. On Tuesday, five more primaries will take place, all in the northeast part of the country. So, is Connecticut a closed primary? Yep — the Democratic and Republican congressional, state, and presidential primaries are all closed in Connecticut, which means that affiliation with a political party is required to vote in these primaries.

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Bernie Sanders's attack on New York's primary might be smart politics, but it's dangerous for Democrats

Posted by John Fernandes on April 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM


This article was written by Ezra Klein for

Earlier today, I wrote about the ways Bernie Sanders's campaign has begun to paint the primary results as fundamentally illegitimate. It began with his comments about how states in the Deep South "distort" the who’s ahead and who's behind in the vote. But it's ratcheted up tonight as Sanders faces a possible loss in New York that's partly driven by the fact that the Empire State, like many others, doesn't allow independents to vote in the Democratic primary.

"Today, 3 million people in the state of New York who are independents have lost their right to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary," Bernie Sanders said. "That’s wrong."

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Something Is Going Seriously Wrong with New York Voter Registrations

Posted by John Fernandes on April 19, 2016 at 4:41 PM


This article was written by Rosette Newcomb for U.S. Uncut.

New York’s Democratic primary is starting to look an awful lot like the Arizona primary.

Hundreds of voters, most of them registered with the Democratic Party, are filing a class-action lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections on Monday morning, claiming their voter registration was changed to “independent” or “no affiliation” without their consent.

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Exigência de filiação deixa 3,2 milhões fora das primárias em Nova York

Posted by John Fernandes on April 19, 2016 at 10:45 AM


This article was written by Claudia Trevisan for

Como os filhos de Trump, muitos nova­iorquinos se esqueceram do prazo, em outubro, para se registrar como republicanos ou democratas – outros se identificam como independents

Simpatizante de Bernie Sanders, o publicitário David Shin está entre os 3,2 milhões de eleitores de Nova York que não poderão ir às urnas na terça­feira para decidir quem deverá ser o candidato à presidência pelos dois partidos que dominam a política dos Estados Unidos.


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NY's Voting Restrictions

Posted by John Fernandes on April 19, 2016 at 10:25 AM


This article was written by Rafaella Gunz for

April 19th marks New York’s presidential primary and voting is meant to be a democratic process, many voters are facing bureaucratic restrictions before they even make it to the polls.

Each state gets to decide how they want to run their primaries and New York has a closed primary, meaning only those registered as either a Republican or Democrat can vote. The deadline for new voters to register was March 25th, but if you were registered as an Independent or unaffiliated with a party, the deadline to change your party affiliation was last year on October 9th.

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