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Magic Johnson Endorses Open Primaries and Amendment 3 in Florida

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Florida Campaign for Open Primaries Announces Magic Johnson Endorsement

Tallahassee — With all eyes on the presidential contest in Florida, the “All Voters Vote” effort to reform how Floridians vote received a strong endorsement from NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Florida has closed, partisan primaries.  Registered independents voters are surging in Florida, as they are across the country, and 3.5 million independents Floridians  are currently shut out of voting in taxpayer funded primaries.  This includes 1.2  million voters of color, in one of the largest acts of voter suppression anywhere in the country. 

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Open Primaries PA Launches Statewide Digital Campaign

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 2:56 PM

OPEN PRIMARIES PA LAUNCHES STATEWIDE DIGITAL CAMPAIGN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         Contact:

                                                                                    David Thornburgh, President and CEO

                                                                                    Committee of Seventy

                                                                                    dthornburgh@seventy.org; 215-439-0879 c

 

Outreach to target more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians shut out of the June 2 primary

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All New Yorkers will not be able to vote on June 23rd

Posted on April 09, 2020 at 12:30 PM

CONTACT

Jeremy Gruber

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

All New Yorkers Will Not Be Able To Vote on June 23

Open Primaries stands for a simple truth-that the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Which is why, while we support Governor Cuomo’s decision to allow absentee voting for  New York’s primary elections on June 23, his statement that all New Yorkers will be able to access it is patently false.  Millions of independent New Yorkers will continue to be disenfranchised.

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St. Louis Approves Campaign Receives National Endorsement

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 12:02 AM

Contact

Jeremy Gruber, SVP

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

CONTACT

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

January 16, 2019

CONTACT

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                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

CONTACT

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

CONTACT

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 19, 2018

CONTACT

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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