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  • published Louisiana in Primaries by 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.
  • published Kentucky in Primaries by State 2015-06-10 13:07:55 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    KENTUCKY

    kentucky5.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.
    • 8% of Kentucky voters are registered unaffiliated or other.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Only voters affiliated with a party may vote in that party's primary or caucus.
    • If a voter is registered as “Other”, they are eligible to vote in nonpartisan city and judicial primary elections only.
    • Voter registration closes 29 days before a primary election.
    • A registered voter may change their political party registration at any time on or before December 31st to remain eligible to vote in the following primary election.
  • published Kansas in Primaries by State 2015-06-10 12:54:26 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    KANSAS

    Kansas.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.
    • 31% of Kansas voters are registered unaffiliated.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Party members must vote on their party's primary ballot.
    • Unaffiliated voters may register with a party on primary day to vote in that party's primary. 
    • An unaffiliated voter may decide not to participate in either party's primary and will be allowed to vote on any nonpartisan questions on the ballot.  
  • published Iowa in Primaries by State 2015-06-10 12:48:32 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    IOWA

    Iowa.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.
    • 38% of Iowa voters are not affiliated with a political party.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must be registered with a party in order to vote in a primary or caucus, but voters are allowed to change affiliation before the primary election or at the polls on primary day. 

     

  • published Indiana in Primaries by State 2015-06-10 12:29:57 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    INDIANA

    Indiana.gifPrimaries:

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

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Indiana 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:

    • Affiliation with a party is not required to vote in primaries. However, voters can only choose the primary ballot of the party who recieved a majority of their votes in the previous general election, and voter records are kept as public information.
    • If a voter did not vote in the last general election, they must "intend to vote for the majority of the nominees on their desired party's ballot."
    • Voters can be challenged by another eligible voter on suspicion of perjury.
    • This system is an attempt to get voters to vote along party lines, but is not easily enforceable. 

     

  • published Illinois in Primaries by State 2015-06-10 12:29:24 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    ILLINOIS

    Illinois.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:

    • Illinois 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 are not required to register with a party to participate in the party primaries, but they do have to publically choose one party's ballot to vote. This is considered a public declaration and can be challenged by other voters.
    • Voting history is also public information and records are kept. 

     

  • published Idaho in Primaries by State 2015-06-10 11:32:51 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    IDAHO

    Idaho.gifPrimaries:

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

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party when they register to vote.
    • 50% of registered voters in Idaho are unaffiliated.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • The Democratic Party allows registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary.
    • The Republican Party only allows registered Republicans to participate in their primary.
    • Idaho offers same-day voter registration, so an unaffiliated voter may affiliate with a party up to or on election day and vote on that party's ballot.
    • Party affiliated voters seeking to change their affiliation must do so before the 10th Friday before an election. 

     

  • published Hawaii in Primaries by State 2015-06-10 11:25:40 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    HAWAII

    Hawaii.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:

    • Hawaii 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 are not required to affiliate with a party to vote in party primaries, but they must choose one party's ballot. 

     

  • published Georgia in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 17:20:31 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    GEORGIA

    Georgia.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:

    • Georgia 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 tied to party affiliation within the election cycle if there is a runoff. 

     

  • published Florida in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 17:16:51 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    FLORIDA

    Florida.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.
    • 27% of registered voters in Florida are not registered with one of the two major political parties. 

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party to vote in primary elections. However, if all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face opposition in the general election (i.e. no write-in candidates have qualified), then all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office in the primary election.
    • Voter registration closes 29 days before the election.

     

  • published Deleware in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 17:12:37 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    DELEWARE

    Deleware.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.
    • 24% of registered voters in Deleware are not registered with one of the two major political parties. 

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party to vote in primary elections.
    • Party affiliation can be changed until the last Friday in May in the year of an election.

     

  • published Connecticut in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 16:57:53 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    CONNECTICUT

    Connecticut.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.
    • 42% of registered voters in Connecticut are unaffiliated.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • Voters must affiliate with a party to vote on that party's primary ballot.
    • If a party affiliated voter wants to change parties, they must do so three months before the primary election.
    • If you are an unaffiliated voter and want to register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in one of the party's primaries, you must complete a new voter registration form and your new affiliation is effective immediately.
    • Connecticut has a form of same day registration, but it is often a different location from the polling places. 

     

  • published Colorado in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 16:41:58 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    COLORADO

    Colorado2.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:

    • As of 2016, Colorado has an open primary for presidential, federal, and state elections.

     

    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 California in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 16:15:35 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    CALIFORNIA

    California.gifPrimaries:

    • Congressional and state primaries: nonpartisan, Top Two
    • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
    • Republican Presidential primary: closed

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party.
    • 24% of registered voters in California are unaffiliated or independent.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • California has enacted Top Two, nonpartisan primaries at the state and local level; all registered voters receive the same ballot regardless of party affiliation, and the top two vote getters move on to the general election.
    • Voter registration closes 15 days before the primary election. 

     

  • published Arkansas in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 16:14:11 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    Arkansas

    Arkansas.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:

    • Optional party affiliation. Voters are given the option to affiliate or not to affiliate with a political party on the registration form.

     

    Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

    • All voters may choose which party ballot they will vote on. They are held to that affiliation in the case of a runoff election.
    • An unaffiliated voter may decide not to participate in either party's primary and will be given the amendments/referendum ballot only.  
    • Voter registration closes 30 days before the primary election.

     

  • published Alaska in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 16:03:29 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    Alaska

    Alaska.gifPrimaries:

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

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Optional party affiliation. Voters are given the option to affiliate or not to affiliate with a political party on the registration form.
    • 57% of Alaska voters are registered unaffiliated, undeclared or independent.

     

    Details of state and local primary elections:

    • The Republican Party allows registered Republicans, nonpartisan, and undeclared voters to participate in their primary.
    • The Alaskan Democratic Party, the Alaskan Independence Party, and the Alaska Libertarian Party allow any registered voter to participate in their primary. 

     

  • published Alabama in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 16:00:37 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    Alabama

    Alabama.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:

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

     

    Details:

    • Independent voters are allowed to vote in primary elections. All voters must choose one party's ballot to vote on, but they are not tied to that party.
    • A voter can decide not to participate in either party's primary and will be given the amendments/referendum ballot only. 
    • Those who chose the Democratic ballot are held to that affiliation in the case of a runoff election. 
  • published Arizona in Primaries by State 2015-06-09 15:51:07 -0400
  • Primary Elections State By State

    Arizona

    Campaigns:

    Arizona.jpg

    In 2015-16, Open Primaries partnered with former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson on a campaign to place a nonpartisan primaries referendum on the 2016 ballot. Although the campaign ultimately failed to to get a measure on the ballot, it did make strides in assembling a strong coalition of independent activists, elected officials, business leaders and Latino activists from across the political spectrum.

     

    Visit Open Primaries Arizona

     

     

     

    Arizona.gif

    Primaries: 

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

     

    Primary Type Definitions

     

    Registration:

    • Optional party affiliation. Voters are given the option to affiliate or not to affiliate with a political party on the registration form.
    • 36% of registered voters in Arizona are unaffiliated or independent.

     

    Details of state and local primary elections:

    • Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's ballot they will vote on.
    • Party members may only vote on their party's ballot.
    • Voter registration closes 29 days before the primary election.

     

  • published 2015 in History 2015-06-08 17:25:34 -0400
  • 2015

    Count My Vote legislation in Utah faces opposition from the Republican Party as they try to stall implementation.

    A group of State Senators sponsor SB 1066, a bill that establishes a closed GOP Presidential Primary in Idaho for March 2016. The bill is an attempt to boost participation from the current caucus system by implementing a closed primary using $2 million of taxpayer dollars.

    State Senator Chris McDaniel introduces a bill in an attempt to close Mississippi primaries. The bill is strongly opposed and eventually dies in committee.

    Mississippi Secretary of State’s Committee to Review Election Laws recommends a move to nonpartisan, Top Two primaries in Mississippi.

    State Senator Dave Holt introduces a bill in the Oklahoma State Legislature to bring nonpartisan, Top Two Primaries to his state.

    State Rep. Max Gruenberg introduces HB 17 to the Alaska State Legislature, his third attempt to bring nonpartisan, Top Two to state primaries.

    State Rep. Mike Fortner introduces HB 2719 to the Illinois General Assembly, calling for a nonpartisan, Top Two primary.

    U.S. Representative John Delaney reintroduces the Open Our Democracy Act, which calls for the use of nonpartisan primaries for all congressional races.

  • published 2014 in History 2015-06-08 17:25:22 -0400
  • 2014

    Oregon voters reject Measure 90, a nonpartisan, Top Two ballot measure, by a 36% margin.

    The EndPartisanship.org coalition, founded by the Independent Voter Project and Independentvoting.org, file a federal lawsuit challenging the taxpayer funding of closed primary elections. The New Jersey constitution states that public funds should not be expended on the activities of private organizations.

    Montana GOP files suit to close primaries in the state.

    Congressman John Delaney of Maryland sponsors the Open Our Democracy Act in the House. The bill includes a measure to bring nonpartisan, Top Two primaries to every congressional race in every state. The bill dies in committee.

    Utah introduces and passes SB54, Count My Vote, to open the state’s dual primary/caucus system.  

    After a contentious Senate race in which Incumbent Republican Thad Cochran mobilized African American voters to defeat Tea Party hopeful Chris McDaniel in the GOP Primary, Mississippi Secretary of State Hosemann commissions a study to explore improving the state’s election system. 

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