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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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Open Primaries Newsletter (March 2019 pt. 2)

Posted by Russell Daniels on April 01, 2019 at 4:40 PM

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

The Maine legislature will hold a public hearing on opening the state’s primary elections: Voters in Maine can sign up and testify in support of LD 211 "An Act to Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections.” Senator Justin Chenette, a co-sponsor of the legislation recently went on record saying:

"As a Democrat, I believe in expanding voting rights and access. Increasing voter participation and citizen engagement in the political process is a core democratic value. It’s in our party platform and as a party, we oftentimes talk about respecting the will of the voters and protecting our democratic institutions. We either want participation or we don’t. We either want to expand voting rights or we don’t. Picking and choosing makes us look indecisive and goes against our core beliefs. It’s because I’m a Democrat that I support opening up our primary, not in spite of. If you support automatic voter registration, early voting, ranked choice voting and other electoral reforms to improve our political system to make it easier not harder to vote, then you should consider supporting open primaries as well."

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Open Primaries (March 2019)

Posted by Russell Daniels on April 01, 2019 at 4:37 PM

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

Landmark Research Shows Top 2 is Working in CA:  

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute has just released a ground-breaking series of white papers by Charles Munger Jr. that take a comprehensive, data-driven look at the effects of California’s adoption of top two open primaries on its politics.

Munger demonstrates that California’s top two open primary is delivering productive reforms on a wide range of electoral and political fronts including creating greater competition, greater public interest, increased access for independent voters (25.5% of registered voters), and greater accountability between voters and their elected representatives.

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Open Primaries Newsletter (February 2019 pt. 2)

Posted by Russell Daniels on April 01, 2019 at 4:35 PM

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

1. Movement in Maine.  Maine has been at the forefront of political innovation and voter empowerment for decades.  From its innovative ballot design enacted in the 1930s, to its model public matching funds program, to passing ranked choice voting in 2016 (and defending it from legislators in 2018), Mainers have always insisted their system serve the voters.  But there is a huge missing piece. When it comes to primary elections, Maine shuts out independents, unlike their neighbors in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

This could soon change.  An effort is underway to pass legislation putting independents on equal footing with party voters. Open Primaries Maine a coalition of independent, Democrat and Republican voters, legislators, civic, business and community leaders dedicated to a simple proposition - #LetAllVotersVote - is pushing hard to pass legislation to let independents vote once and for all.  

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Open Primaries Newsletter (February 2019)

Posted by Russell Daniels on April 01, 2019 at 4:33 PM

Maryland Governor advocates for open primaries: Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) appeared on C-SPAN and was asked "if he could change something about the system in his state" what would it be? His response? Open the primaries to the 800K voters in Maryland who are currently locked out taxpayer-funded primaries. Watch the full video below:

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Open Primaries Newsletter (January 2019)

Posted by Russell Daniels on April 01, 2019 at 4:31 PM

  • This week Open Primaries and Florida Fair and Open Primaries released a survey of Florida voters and its findings might be shocking to the politicians, parties and pundits that keep declaring that our country is dissolving into tribalism. The survey revealed broad support-from Democrats, Republicans and independents- for inclusive and cross partisan political leadership and reform of our “rigged” election system.

Key Findings:

  • 93% of voters want their elected officials to put the interests of voters ahead of the interests of their own political party.  
  • 91% of voters want their elected leaders to bring opposing interests together to create good policies and 83% of them want their elected officials to champion reforms that give more power to the voters.  
  • 70% of voters-including supermajorities of Republican, Democrat and independent voters-want the Republican and Democratic parties to open their presidential primaries to independent voters and
  • 64% support a move to “top two” primaries for state and federal office.  
  • For more information about the survey, see: https://www.openprimaries.org/fl_poll_2019

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Open Primaries Newsletter (July 2018)

Posted by Russell Daniels on April 01, 2019 at 4:20 PM

FFAOP (Florida Fair and Open Primaries) recently announced that they were launching two ballot petitions to open the primaries in Florida. Their goal is to get these two proposed amendments, one creating the open primary and the other prohibiting public resources being used for primary elections, on the 2020 ballot so the voters of Florida can weigh in.

3.4 million independent Florida voters (27% of all registered voters in the state) are currently barred from voting in primary elections that they pay for with their tax dollars.  

WHERE THEY GO FROM HERE: FFAOP needs to gather 766,220 signatures by February of 2020 to get on the ballot. The group already has volunteers in 14 different counties working to get the signatures.

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