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  • published Oregon in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 18:06:33 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    OREGON

    Oregon.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 34% of Oregon voters are registered as nonaffiliated or independent.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party in order to vote in that party's primary.
    • Voter registration closes 21 days before the election.

     

    State Partners:

    Oregon Open Primaries

     

  • published Oklahoma in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 18:00:57 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    OKLAHOMA

    Oklahoma.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in Republican primary elections. Independent voters may vote in the Democratic primaries.
    • 16% of Oklahoma voters are registered as independent.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Independent voters may vote in the Democratic Party primaries but voters must affiliate with the Republican party to vote in the Republican Party's primary.
    • Voters cannot change party affiliation between April 1 and August 31 in even-numbered years.

    State Partners:

    The Oklahoma Academy

    Let's Fix this OK

     

  • published Ohio in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 17:54:55 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    OHIO

    Ohio.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: mixed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Ohio has nonpartisan registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • All registered voters choose one party's ballot to cast their vote in the primary. This choice designates the voter's party affiliation.
    • An unaffiliated voter may decide not to participate in either party's primary and will be given the amendments/referendum ballot only.

     

  • published North Dakota in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 17:48:07 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NORTH DAKOTA

    North-Dakota.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: open
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • North Dakota does not have voter registration.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Party affiliation is not required to vote in party primaries.
    • Candidates from all parties are listed on one ballot, but voters can only choose candidates from one political party. If you vote for more than one party, your ballot will be rejected.
    • The state of North Dakota does not have voter registration, therefore there is no registration deadline. Voters must reside in their voting precinct for 30 days and provide valid identification at the polls to be eligible to vote.

     

  • published North Carolina in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 17:41:56 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NORTH CAROLINA

    North-Carolina.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: mixed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party.
    • 33% of North Carolina voters are registered as unaffiliated.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters do not have to declare a party affiliation in order to vote in the primary, but they must choose one party's ballot.

     

  • published New York in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 17:17:16 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NEW YORK

    New-York.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 26% of New York voters are registered as "other" or with the Independence Party.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party to vote in that party's primary election.
    • Voters must file a party change at least 25 days before the previous general election.

    SIGN THE PETITION

     

     

  • published New Mexico in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 17:13:18 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NEW MEXICO

    New-Mexico.gif

    Local Organizations:

    New Mexico Open Primaries: The mission of New Mexican Open Primaries is to make sure that every vote counts by getting at the root cause of our political dysfunction.  Our goals are to advocate for open and nonpartisan primary elections, educate voters and elected officials about why elections must be a state and not a party function, push for a non-partisan re-districting approach and help pass a New Mexico constitutional amendment that would establish everyone’s right to vote in all elections. 

     

    Visit New Mexico Open Primaries

     

    Primaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 22% of New Mexico voters declined to affiliate with a political party.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party to vote in that party's primary election.
    • Voter registration closes 28 days before the primary election. 

    State Partners:

  • published New Jersey in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 17:06:47 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NEW JERSEY

    New-Jersey.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 39% of New Jersey voters are registered as unaffiliated.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party in order to participate in that party's primary elections.
    • Unaffiliated voters may affiliate with a political party at the polls in order to participate in that party's primary.
    • Party members that want to change their affiliation must do so 55 days before the primary election.
  • published New Hampshire in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 17:00:36 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    New-Hampshire.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: mixed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 42% of New Hampshire voters are registered as undeclared.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party to participate in that party's primary.
    • An unaffiliated voter may choose one party's ballot, which makes them a registered member of that party. However, temporary affiliation is possible, as voters can fill out a card at the polling place to return to undeclared status after the vote is cast. For this reason, New Hampshire allows same day registration for unaffiliated voters.
  • published Nevada in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 16:55:27 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NEVADA

    Nevada.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 23% of Nevada voters are registered as nonpartisan.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party to vote in that party's primary.
    • Registration closes 20 days before the primary election. 

    In 2020, State Senator Ben Kieckhefer proposed a top two open primaries initiative to all ALL Nevadans to vote in taxpayer-funded primaries.

    State Partners:

  • published Nebraska in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 16:30:16 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    NEBRASKA

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    Open Primares Research:

    New York, NY- September 30, 2015 – Open Primaries released a new report examining the results of Nebraska’s adoption of a single, nonpartisan primary election system. 

    The Myth of the Red State: Policy Over Party in the Nebraska State Capitol demonstrates that while Congress and many state legislatures have fallen prey to partisanship and dysfunction, the Nebraska political system is working.  

    READ THE FULL REPORT

     

    Primaries:

    • State legislature primaries: nonpartisan, Top Two
    • Democratic state and local primaries: closed
    • Republican state and local primaries: closed
    • Democratic congressional primaries: open
    • Republican congressional primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: mixed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in certain primary elections.
    • 22% of voters in Nebraska are registered as nonpartisan.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Nebraska has a nonpartisan, unicameral state legislature, so elections for state legislator use a nonpartisan, Top Two system.
    • Voters must register with a party to participate in partisan state and local races (eg, Governor, City Council, etc.)
    • Voters do not need to be registered with a party to vote in congressional party primaries.

    State Partners:

  • published Montana in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 16:22:41 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MONTANA

    Montana.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: open
    • Republican Presidential primary: open

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Montana has nonpartisan registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote, but they must choose one party's ballot.
    • Voters are given all the parties' ballots, and can choose in private which party ballot they wish to vote. Voters in a primary election cannot vote more than one party's ballots. 

     

  • followed Missouri 2015-06-10 16:21:01 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MISSOURI

    Missouri.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: open
    • Republican Presidential primary: open

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Missouri has nonpartisan registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote, but they must choose one party's ballot. 

    Campaigns/State Partners:

    Open Primaries has endorsed the STL Approves initiative

    St. Louis is one of only a few remaining major cities (New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Louisville, Indianapolis, Charlotte, and DC are the others) that conduct partisan municipal elections.  Over 80% of cities conduct nonpartisan elections and let all voters vote for whomever they want in both the first and second rounds. Like many cities completely dominated by one party, the only election that counts in St. Louis is the Democratic primary; whomever wins the Democratic Primary is the de facto winner. 

    STL Approves wants to change this with a two part campaign.  First, end partisan primaries and replace them with an open nonpartisan primary in which all voters vote and all candidates compete.  Second, institute approval voting, an innovative form of voting where citizens “approve” of as many candidates as they want. Every voter gets to participate in round one, not just Democrats, and they get to choose from among all the candidates—Democrats, Republicans, Greens and independents. The two candidates who have the most approval advance from the first to the second round.  The ultimate winner will have won the broad support of St. Louis voters. 

    We’re joining local community and civil rights leaders who are working to empower the marginalized and create a voting system which encourages bridge building and cross-community coalitions. The campaign has collected enough signatures for a 2020 ballot initiative and Prop D for democracy is one step closer to being a reality in St. Louis.

    Open Primaries has also partnered with The People in Missouri--an organization committed to enable everyday Americans to find common ground and take action together to create a more responsive government of, by, and for the people.

    Other Partners:

     

  • published Mississippi in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 15:54:20 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MISSISSIPPI

    Mississippi.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: open
    • Republican Presidential primary: open

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Mississippi has nonpartisan registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote, but they must choose one party's ballot.
    • Voters who choose to vote in the Democratic Party primary must "intend to support" the Democratic Party's nominee in the general election. Voters who choose to vote in the Republican Party primary must "intend to support" the Republican Party's nominee in the general election. However the Supreme Court has ruled there is no legal way to enforce this.  
  • published Minnesota in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 15:46:23 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MINNESOTA

    Minnesota.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: open
    • Republican Presidential primary: open

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Minnesota has nonpartisan registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote, but they must choose one party's ballot.
  • published Michigan in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 15:40:18 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MICHIGAN

    Michigan.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: open
    • Democratic Presidential primary: open
    • Republican Presidential primary: open

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Michigan has nonpartisan registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote, but they must choose one party's ballot. 
  • published Massachusetts in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 13:43:30 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MASSACHUSETTS

    Massachusetts.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: mixed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party.
    • 56% of Massachusetts voters are not enrolled with a political party.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Unaffiliated voters may choose one party's primary ballot to vote on and still remain unaffiliated.
    • Party members must vote on their party's ballot. 
  • published Maryland in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 13:36:48 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MARYLAND

    Maryland.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: mixed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 19% of Maryland voters are unaffiliated with a political party.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • State law gives political parties the power to choose whether to hold open or closed primaries. Any changes must be submitted to the State Board of Elections six months before the primary.
    • Both parties have always elected to hold closed primaries, therefore, voters must affiliate with a party in order to vote in that party's primary. 
    • Voter registration closes 21 days before the primary election.
  • published Maine in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 13:24:44 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    MAINE

    Maine.gifPrimaries:

    • Democratic congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Republican congressional and state primaries: mixed
    • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
    • 35% of Maine voters are not enrolled in a political party.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party in order to vote in that party's primary.
    • "Unenrolled" voters may register with a party on primary day to vote in that party's primary. 
    • Any affiliated voter who wishes to change party enrollment must do so at least 15 days before the primary election.
    • A voter may change party enrollment again after 3 months from the date on which the voter last changed parties. 

    Campaign/State Partners:

    Nearly 40% of Maine voters are independent and cannot participate in taxpayer-funded primaries. Most of Maine’s legislative races are not competitive in the general election because the districts heavily favor either the Republican or the Democratic nominees. That means that 70% of general election “winners” were effectively chosen in the state’s June primary election without the participation of independent voters.  Which is why 73% of Maine voters support open primaries.

    Open Primaries Maine, a grassroots, non-partisan coalition is standing with the people of Maine who are demanding the right to vote for every registered voter and is organizing Mainers in support.

    They are supporting legislation to open the primaries to all voters, LD 211, which was introduced by Rep. Kent Ackley.

    Earlier this year, the Maine House of Representatives held a public hearing to hear testimony from voters on LD 211. Over 40 local activists packed the hearing.

    The legislation fell just two votes short of passage in the Maine Senate in the current session. This was the first semi-open primaries bill to receive a floor vote in the Maine Senate and it received bipartisan support, with 4 Republicans and 12 Democrats voting in support, including Senate President Troy Jackson. Activists across the state condemned the legislature’s inaction.  Former Independent Maine State Senator, Jill Goldthwait, penned a letter to the editor sharing her frustration.

    Open Primaries Maine is evaluating how best to move forward.

     

  • published Louisiana in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 13:17:23 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    LOUISIANA

    Louisiana.gifPrimaries:

    • Louisiana does not hold a primary election for congressional and state races.
    • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party.
    • 26% of Louisiana voters are not registered with a political party.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Louisiana does not hold a traditional primary election. In the general election, all candidates appear on a single ballot. All registered voters may participate. If a candidate does not receive 50% of the vote there is a runoff election between the top two vote getters.
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