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Arizona independents are rising and demanding equality

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



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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What New Mexico politics can learn from Nebraska

Posted by Kellie Ryan on November 05, 2015 at 1:55 PM


This article was written by Bob Perls and Jeremy Gruber for

November 5, 2015—COMMENTARY: With the recent secretary of state scandal, the last gridlocked state legislative session and the low voter turnout of the recent Albuquerque city elections (8.5 percent, the lowest since 1974) it is clear that people are fed up and turned off to politics as usual. What can we do?

We need to open up the primary election system. Twenty-five percent of New Mexico’s voters are independent and they are completely shut out of the first round of voting in our state, while party voters have significantly limited choices.

When the first round of voting is restricted to narrow party bases, we get a system that prioritizes party loyalty over the public good. It is a significant contributor to the unproductive partisanship that grips our state.


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Open Primaries President on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry

Posted by Kellie Ryan on November 02, 2015 at 9:57 AM

JohnMSNBC.jpgNovember 1, 2015—Open Primaries President John Opdycke appeared on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how the closed partisan primary system perpetuates dysfunction in Congress.

Lincoln Journal Star covers Open Primaries report on Nebraska election system

Posted by Kellie Ryan on October 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM


This article was written by Don Walton for the Lincoln Journal Star.

Nebraska's nonpartisan Legislature continues to attract national attention at a time when partisan battles dominate -- and sometimes even shut down -- Congress and rule other state legislatures.

The Atlantic magazine points to the Legislature's decisions this year to enact three controversial bills that might be described as progressive legislation despite the vetoes of a conservative Republican governor in "one of the nation's most conservative states."

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Both parties use Hispanics as a political football – enough already!

Posted by Armida Lopez on October 22, 2015 at 10:52 AM

This OpEd was written by Open Primaries Outreach Coordinator Armida Lopez for Fox News Latino.

Latinos have been portrayed as single-issue voters and at times we’ve been guilty of reinforcing the stereotype that all we care about is immigration reform. As the daughter of two immigrants, I strongly support the need for immigration reform. I, like most Americans, also care deeply about education, the economy, health care, climate change and the conflict in the Middle East. 

So why are Latinos sidelined from these policy debates by the media and our elected officials?

I have seen firsthand how both political parties have used our community as a political football. Now more than ever, the two parties are leveraging important issues for their own gain while neglecting any sort of sensible resolution.

I am a young Latina millennial woman in Phoenix, Arizona. My parents migrated to the U.S. from Mexico to work in agriculture over 30 years ago. Farm work is rigorous physical labor, with long hours and little pay. My father spent 20 years of his life in the fields. He also marched alongside one of the greatest community organizers in the history of the U.S., Cesar Chavez, to try and end injustice against farmworkers.  

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Open Primaries Arizona on PBS

Posted by Kellie Ryan on October 20, 2015 at 4:31 PM

PatrickonPBS.pngOpen Primaries President John Opdycke and Campaign Director Patrick McWhortor appeared on Arizona PBS to discuss how Nebraska's nonpartisan election system can be a model for reform in Arizona. 

Open Primaries President John Opdycke on PBS

Posted by Kellie Ryan on October 19, 2015 at 12:37 PM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17—Open Primaries President John Opdycke appeared on PBS's The Open Mind with Alexander Heffner to discuss the importance of building nonpartisan election systems. 



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