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Democrats & Republicans: Open the Primaries, NOW!

Democrats & Republicans: Open the Primaries, NOW!

The 2016 Presidential Primary has been one of the most important and competitive elections in a generation. It was also a deeply flawed process that threatens the very fabric of our democracy.

26.3 million independent voters have been barred from participating altogether, and millions more registered Democrats and Republicans were prevented from voting for the candidate of their choice because of a patchwork of restrictive registration rules. From New York to Arizona, voters across the country -- whose tax dollars fund the primary process -- were denied the right to fully participate.


The Democratic and Republican Parties have been empowered by the Supreme Court to establish the rules regarding which voters can participate in Presidential Primaries. Both Parties could change their rules for future Presidential Primaries and require that every state party organization conduct primaries that are open to all voters who wish to participate, regardless of their voter registration status.


In July 2016, both Parties will adopt rules for all future Presidential Primaries.


70% of American voters support open primaries.

Therefore, we demand the Republican National Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business and the Democratic National Convention Standing Committee on Rules to take such steps as are necessary to adopt rules that require all state party organizations to conduct open Presidential Primaries.

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commented 2019-10-13 12:47:19 -0400 · Flag
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commented 2019-10-13 12:45:39 -0400 · Flag
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commented 2017-05-22 18:22:05 -0400 · Flag
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commented 2017-05-22 18:19:45 -0400 · Flag
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commented 2016-10-20 23:11:47 -0400 · Flag
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commented 2016-08-11 14:35:40 -0400 · Flag
why do you want to vote on policies you don’t like or want. get you own candidates.
commented 2016-08-10 11:28:24 -0400 · Flag
Finally we now have a voice in elections. I ask all who might read this post to share it with your family and friends. Thanks and God bless the USA.
commented 2016-08-07 10:50:06 -0400 · Flag
open primaries are no good if the independents want to vote in a primary they need to get their own canadates
commented 2016-07-22 12:44:00 -0400 · Flag
As an Arizonan who waited for hours to vote and witnessed all the ways voting access was restricted and thwarted in this state, I never want to see another fixed election.
commented 2016-07-20 20:46:55 -0400 · Flag
Closed primaries only serve political parties. Unfortunately those parties have such a loose affiliation with the truth that they can not be trusted. Please give us open primaries!
commented 2016-07-19 21:36:02 -0400 · Flag
Closed primaries disenfranchise voters. In Oregon, after the April 26 deadline to register to vote in the party of your candidate, Trump became the expected nominee. I had many Republicans say they wished they could vote for Sanders in our May 18 primary. Of course, they could not.
commented 2016-07-17 21:56:17 -0400 · Flag
I’m partially in agreement Viginia McGee. I should be able to vote for the Independent candidate for president, the democratic VP candidate for VP and individual people for all other public assignments to ensure there is not too much party polarization. You still end up with candidates that mostly belong to the rich and that is a problem with how we are currently setup. These people don’t know or understand what the average American goes through and they don’t bother to try finding out. They simply focus on keeping the masses uneducated and in the dark. As long as we continue as we do today, there’s very little value in public voting.
commented 2016-07-17 19:13:57 -0400 · Flag
There should not be a separate ballot based on party. You should be able to vote for whoever you want, no matter the party. Maybe that would help, still there doesn’t seem to be anyone decent to vote for anyway. It’s become not so much who you want to vote for but who is the lesser of the two evils.
commented 2016-07-17 18:53:28 -0400 · Flag
Having democratic or republican parties makes sense for only one group, and that is not the masses. These two parties represent the interests of the people at the top and could care less about what real people are living or going through in the USA. I’m taxed the crap out of and honestly, my interests and thoughts are not represented by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
commented 2016-07-17 17:33:39 -0400 · Flag
It time to let the Presidential Primaries be Open
commented 2016-07-17 08:43:13 -0400 · Flag
I had to change my party affliation to vote in the presidentail primary. Now due to our crazy Florida laws, unless I change my party affliation again, I won’t be able to vote for who I would want for my new boss unless I change my party affliation, again.

There should not be a separate ballot based on party. You should be able to vote for whoever you want, no matter the party.

Changing the ballot to a universal ballot would save money as well!
commented 2016-07-16 13:40:46 -0400 · Flag
We the people want honest, transparent elections, which include opening up the primaries to everyone just like on Election Day.. One person = one vote!
commented 2016-07-15 18:37:55 -0400 · Flag
Whatever party you’re in, you want an honest opportunity to cast your vote. Nothing should block that.
commented 2016-07-01 11:28:18 -0400 · Flag
Facebook shared this. I’d like people to use FB more for things like this that make a difference.
commented 2016-06-29 22:13:44 -0400 · Flag
The state of Arizona needs to have Open Primaries!
commented 2016-06-14 12:49:02 -0400 · Flag
commented 2016-05-29 23:17:31 -0400 · Flag
Get rid of ALL PARTIES, it is the only way to get rid of the money. Corporations won.t know where to throw their money. We are ALL Americans and should be allowed to vote as such.
commented 2016-05-26 18:35:44 -0400 · Flag
Primaries are supported by tax payers money, thus parties cannot act like private clubs. When the governing bodies of states and country are elected from the various party platforms, regardless of such club membership, it must be all the people and not merely members who freely select the their government.
commented 2016-05-25 09:08:06 -0400 · Flag
Voters should be given opportunities to think and choose, not be thrown into a dying ballot box of predetermined outcomes.
commented 2016-05-24 13:32:58 -0400 · Flag
Especially with all of the voter shut outs and registered Independents getting switch to the American Independent Party without warrant and getting denied ballots and other registered Democrats being given Republican ballots because they’ve run out of Dem ones is ridiculous. Every of-age citizen of this country has the right to vote and should not only be automatically registered when they get their license renewed at age 18, but be able to vote however they want, regardless of what party they’re officially affiliated with. And this includes felons. And to be honest, caucuses are a joke and should be done away with. The winner shouldn’t be decided with a coin toss. Actually, the entire voting system is a joke and needs a complete overhaul.
commented 2016-05-24 10:39:45 -0400 · Flag
If taxpayers publicly fund primaries and caucuses, voter rights trump party desires. The argument that other parties can mess with the election holds true even if the primary is closed, because they can reregister to vote in the other party if they are devious! Open primaries also bring new blood into parties, and break open the two party system.
commented 2016-05-24 09:34:26 -0400 · Flag
commented 2016-05-24 04:26:22 -0400 · Flag
The rules are so complex, diverse and open to change you’d think this was a.third world country. Is this America or Mexico. This is about what the PEOPLE want not the damn party. We’ve had enough corruption. Keep it up and we’ll vote you all out of power. This is pathetic. The founding fathers must be rolling in their graves
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