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September 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on October 19, 2021 at 9:34 AM

What’s Happening? 


ICYMI: Maine’s legislature passed a historic open primaries bill--which will unlock the primaries to ALL Maine voters. The success of the Maine campaign was the product of a multi-year collaborative process between Open Primaries, Open Primaries Maine, elected officials, civic groups, party leaders, editorial boards, journalists, and citizens throughout the state to champion the right of all Maine voters to participate in primaries.

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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 13, 2021 at 3:39 PM

Happy Independence Day weekend! Here’s a roundup of the Open Primaries activities and achievements that highlight the spirit of independence in the primary reform movement right now: 

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Spring 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 13, 2021 at 3:33 PM

What just happened?

Big news! Just this afternoon, the Maine Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee (a joint House/Senate committee) debated LD 231, the semi-open primaries bill.  They voted the bill positively out of committee with an "ought to pass" recommendation.

The bill’s chief sponsor Senator Chloe Maxmin declared:

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February 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 11, 2021 at 2:36 PM

“And if they don’t fight, we have to primary the hell out of the ones who won’t fight.”

-President Donald Trump, January 6, 2020.

Leading up to the events at the Capitol January 6th, there was a clear message from the Trump team that any GOP members who didn’t object to the certification of Electoral College votes would be “primaried.” 

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May 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on May 01, 2020 at 5:01 PM

Missouri’s open primaries are being threatened--

The political insiders are at it again in Missouri. Legislation (HB 1639) has been introduced to close Missouri’s primaries to anyone who doesn’t join one of the two major political parties. It has already passed the House Government & Elections committee.    

But Missourians across the state are fighting back.  Open Primaries has partnered with The People and a coalition of local organizations to organize thousands of Missourians to call and send emails and postcards targeting legislative leaders. Letters like this are pouring into local newspapers. 

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February 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 09, 2020 at 12:14 PM

Momentum builds in Florida

Support for the All Voters Vote campaign to enact top two open primaries continues to swell in Florida. A recent poll conducted by The University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Lab found that 70% of Florida voters support reforming Florida’s primary system to include ALL voters. 

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August 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 29, 2019 at 2:31 PM

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Open Primaries.  Here's what's going on around the country:

Alaskans for Better Elections

Recently, a diverse group of Alaskans came together to create Alaskans for Better Elections- dedicated to putting Alaskans back in control of their elections and making them “more open, transparent, and fair.” Opening the primaries to all voters is one of the group’s key goals, along with implementing ranked choice voting and campaign finance disclosure.  Alaska has the highest number of registered independent voters of any state in the country - well over 50% of all voters. Alaskans for Better Elections believes that their reform package will enfranchise independents, give all voters real choice and reduce partisanship in the state. Last week, OP Senior VP Jeremy Gruber met with campaign organizers Jenny-Marie Stryker and Scott Kendall in Anchorage to discuss the initiative and offer our support.  

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July 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 29, 2019 at 2:27 PM

It's been a busy week for Open Primaries.  Here's what's going on around the country:

Momentum Builds in PA to Reform the Primaries

Something is happening in Pennsylvania. As our new video captures, activists, voters and politicians from both parties are coming together to work towards reforming the state’s primary process.  PA currently locks out over 800K tax paying voters from primaries they are paying for.

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May 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 29, 2019 at 2:16 PM

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Open Primaries. Here's what's going on around the country:

Open primaries bill gets a hearing before the PA Senate and new coalition emerges:

PA Senators held a hearing recently to discuss 13 bills related to how Pennsylvanians cast their ballot.  Throughout the testimony several Senators and speakers spoke out on behalf of opening PA's primaries to the nearly 800,000 Independent voters who can't vote in primaries they are currently paying for with their tax dollars.

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Open Primaries Newsletter (April 2019)

Posted by Russell Daniels on May 07, 2019 at 5:30 PM

It's been a busy week for Open Primaries.  Here's what's going on around the country:

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has passed a resolution for open party primaries in 2020: 

The Miami-Dade and Brevard local Democratic Parties have passed a resolution calling on the Florida State Democratic Party to change its rules and allow independent voters to vote in the Party’s 2020 presidential primary and every subsequent primary election. Political parties have a First Amendment right to change their party rules and allow independents to vote in the primaries.

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