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St. Louis Approves Campaign Receives National Endorsement

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 12:02 AM

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Jeremy Gruber, SVP

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

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St. Louis, MO (September, 2019) – Today Open Primaries, a national election reform advocacy organization, endorsed the St. Louis Approves (STL Approves) campaign to bring approval voting and open, nonpartisan primaries to St. Louis and with it, a more open process that gives all St. Louis voters more voice in city elections.

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New Study Finds California’s Top Two Open Primary Having a Significant Impact

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:52 AM

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Jeremy Gruber, SVP

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

Los Angeles – February 26, 2019 – 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. California voters adopted top two open primary elections by referendum in 2010.

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%[1] of registered voters), and greater accountability between voters and their elected representatives. It further dispels many of the myths and misconceptions put forward by both Democratic and Republican leadership who have been openly hostile to nonpartisan elections.

 

 

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Florida Voters Frustrated with Partisan Politics and a “Rigged System” Want Primary Election Reform, Survey Reveals

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:48 AM

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January 16, 2019

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Jeremy Gruber, Senior Vice President

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

Today Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, and Florida Fair and Open Primaries, a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to enacting open primaries in Florida, released the results of a survey of Florida voters that revealed broad support for inclusive and cross partisan political leadership and reforming Florida’s primary election system at both the state/federal and presidential level.

 

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Diverse Political Leaders from Across the Country Join Call for Open Primaries

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:41 AM

January 22, 2019                                                      

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Jeremy Gruber, Senior Vice President

jgruber@openprimaries.org, (609) 610-1602

 Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, is proud to announce the launch of its National Spokesperson Committee, a diverse group of political leaders advocating for reform of America’s closed primary election system. At a time when public trust in our democracy nears historic lows, the Open Primaries Spokesperson Committee is a partnership of political leaders with ordinary citizens committed to a simple proposition: Let All Voters Vote.

 

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Open Primaries Files Landmark Challenge to Taxpayer Funding of Closed Primary Elections

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:38 AM

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Jeremy Gruber

Senior Vice President

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

Santa Fe – November 14, 2018 – Open Primaries Education Fund has filed a lawsuit against New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver challenging the state’s expenditure of funds to supervise and administer its closed primary elections. New Mexico is one of only 9 states with completely closed primary elections, which disenfranchise the state’s 270,000 registered independent voters-22% of New Mexicans and the fastest growing segment of the electorate.

OPEF has retained the New Mexico based law firm of Bardacke Allison, headed by former Attorney General Paul Bardacke, who will be lead counsel in bringing this landmark legal challenge. At issue is the unconstitutional use of taxpayer money to pay for primary elections that benefit private political party activities.  

 

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New York State Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in Lawsuit Deeming State’s Closed Primaries and Voter Eligibility Regulations Unconstitutional

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:33 AM

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September 19, 2018

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Jeremy Gruber

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

 New York – September 19, 2018 –Tomorrow Manhattan attorney Mark Moody’s lawsuit on behalf of 3.2 million registered independent New Yorkers who were shut out of the 2016 Presidential Primary will be heard on appeal.

After facing disenfranchisement himself, Mark brought this lawsuit which seeks to toss out the state's current voter eligibility regulations for primaries. It also charges that requiring New Yorkers to choose party affiliation at any point in advance of casting a vote in any primary election for public office violates the New York State Constitution

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Millions of Floridians Barred from Today’s Pivotal Election

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:30 AM

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Steve Hough

Director, Florida Fair and Open Primaries, Inc.

850-381-8435

shough.flopenprimary@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Southport, FL (August 28, 2018) – Today’s primary election in Florida is once again being marred by the exclusion of 3.4 million registered independent voters who are barred from participating. As a result, the state now carries the dubious honor of disenfranchising more independents than any other state in the country, with 27% of all registered voters unable to vote. This despite the fact that Florida taxpayers pay over $13 million dollars every election year to finance the primaries.[1]

Florida Fair and Open Primaries (FFAOP), a grassroots non- partisan organization based in Florida, is standing with the people of Florida who are demanding the right to vote for every registered voter and has launched two petitions to place an open primaries amendment on the 2020 ballot.

 

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Petitions Launched to Open Florida’s Primaries

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:26 AM

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Steve Hough

Director, Florida Fair and Open Primaries, Inc.

850-381-8435

shough.flopenprimary@gmail.com

Southport, FL (July 18, 2018) – Florida Fair and Open Primaries (FFAOP), a grassroots non- partisan organization based in Florida, has launched two petitions for ballot initiatives to open the primaries to all voters in the state. Currently under Florida’s closed system, voters must join a political party to vote in the primaries. 

That means that over 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. They will once again be disenfranchised from upcoming primary elections on August 28th. For many Florida voters, the primary election is the only election that matters, with a mere 16% of general election races in the state considered competitive in 2016

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Voters Condemn CRC Vote to Keep Florida’s Primaries Closed

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:23 AM

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February 1, 2018

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Jeremy Gruber

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

 Tallahassee, FL – February 1, 2018 – A coalition of voters, led by Florida-based reform groups Progress for All and Florida Fair and Open Primaries heavily criticized the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) General Provisions Committee for failing to pass a proposal today that would have opened Florida’s primaries to the 3.4 million independent voters who are currently barred from voting in the state’s taxpayer funded primaries The proposal had already passed the Ethics and Elections Committee after much debate and multiple hearings at which over a dozen Floridians and non-partisan organizations such as the League of Women Voters spoke out in support.

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Voters Hail CRC Vote to Open the Primaries in Florida

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:18 AM

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January 26, 2018

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Jeremy Gruber

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

Tallahassee, FL – January 26, 2018 – A working coalition of voters, led by Florida-based reform groups Progress for All and Florida Fair and Open Primaries hailed the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) Ethics and Elections Committee for passing Commissioner Schifino’s proposal to open Florida’s primaries to the 3.4 million independent voters who are currently barred from voting in the state’s taxpayer funded primary elections. Non-partisan organizations, such as the League of Women Voters, joined the chorus of support for open primaries before the Ethics and Elections Committee

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