The Movement for Open Primaries Gains Steam
Independents and reform activists have been pushing for primary reform for years. And now, leaders of both parties are saying the time has come to open the system and let all voters vote.
Last week, state Sen. President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati, (R-Jefferson) said in a speech to the Pennsylvania Press Club that he would introduce legislation to open the primaries. Democratic lawmakers have expressed support for this change.
This is good news and could represent a real opportunity - if we grab it.
We are hosting a conference call on Thursday, June 7 at 7pm for those who would be interested in joining a Pennsylvania open primaries committee to hold the legislature’s feet to the fire. If you would like to get involved please sign up for the call and join us on the 7th.
The legislature has said they are ready to act. That’s a great start, but it will most likely fizzle out without grassroots pressure.