Posted by Jesse Shayne on December 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM
December 22, 2016
We're Fighting to #UnRigIt
This year many Americans, including you, pushed back against a rigged political system. Here’s how:
Voter Sues New York to Open Primaries:
Two weeks ago, Open Primaries Spokesperson Mark Moody defended the voting rights of 3.2 million New Yorkers -- who are locked out of the primaries -- before the New York State Supreme Court. The room was overflowing with over five dozen OP and independent voting activists -- the largest audience Judge Arthur Engoron had ever seen in his court.
Mark delivered a passionate argument for why New York’s closed primary system and change of party affiliation deadline -- the earliest in the country -- are unconstitutional.
Petition to DNC & RNC: #UnRigIt
Over 30,000 Americans have stood with us and called on the RNC & DNC to unrig the system. With both parties set to select new leadership in January.
Colorado Voters Pass Open Primaries:
When the year began, 26.3 million voters were locked out of closed presidential primaries, including 1.3 million voters in Colorado. Like many states, Colorado has a plurality of independent voters -- 37% of all registered voters in the state -- and a political establishment hellbent on maintaining the status quo.
Still, by overwhelming margins, Colorado voters stood up and passed two separate open primaries initiatives put forward by Let Colorado Vote, whose chairman, Kent Thiry, had this to say in victory: “This is a big win for democracy in Colorado. By passing both Propositions 107 and 108, Colorado's voters have proven once again the wisdom of government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Colorado shows that when voters stand up to take back their democracy, they can make a real difference!
After Narrow Defeat, South Dakota Coalition Gears Up for New Open Primary Push:
South Dakotans nearly passed one of the most radical open primaries in the country. Now they’re regrouping for another push. Joe Kirby, a member of the Yes on V ballot committee, wrote about what he sees as the best path forward for primary reform in South Dakota:
In Case You Missed It:
See just how much our movement has grown and accomplished in 2016 in our year-end video:
“If we want to bring people together and increase voter participation, we must dismantle the structures that keep them apart.”
“How can the parties possibly expect us to turn out in the general election when half of us are excluded from the primary?... If we can’t have a say in who gets nominated to run for president, why would we turn out to vote for our state assemblyman?”
- Open Primaries Spokesperson Kenneth Shelton and Digital Director Jesse Shayne spoke at NYC Votes, a public forum for voters to discuss electoral reform
- Open Primaries activist Joe Pickering published a letter-to-the-editor in support of open primaries in the Bangor Daily News
- Open Primaries Spokesperson Jessie Fields spoke on a panel about electoral reform in New York State