Posted on July 21, 2016 at 3:15 PM
New York – July 21, 2016 – Members of the Democratic National Convention Standing Committee on Rules are planning on proposing an amendment to the Charter of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday in Philadelphia to open up the primaries across the country. To support their cause they plan on hand delivering Open Primaries petition which asks the Republican and Democratic Parties to “take such steps as are necessary to adopt rules that require all state party organizations to conduct open Presidential Primaries.” Close to 40,000 Americans, representing all 50 states, have signed the petition and Open Primaries activists and Convention delegates will be in Philadelphia to support this critical electoral reform.
Posted on July 14, 2016 at 2:32 PM
New York – July 14, 2016 – Today Open Primaries, a non-profit electoral reform organization, condemned Republican Rules Committee attempts to close future Republican primaries.
“70% of Americans want open primaries. 62% of Republicans want open primaries. But the Republican Party leadership is willing to "make a deal" to close primaries because a small minority of party activists favor them. No wonder 43% of Americans now identify as independents. The political parties, time and time again, ignore the voters in favor of insider and special interests.
The time has come to take these decisions out of the hands of the parties. The primaries are funded by the taxpayers. The people should decide who gets to vote, not party leaders. I'm confident that if the American people got to decide who could vote in primaries, that all fifty states would conduct contests open to every registered voter,” declared John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries.
Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM
New York – July 12, 2016 – Open Primaries, which exploded into voters’ consciousness this spring as a direct result of a deeply flawed presidential primary season, will deliver a petition with well over 30,000 signatures representing Americans in all 50 states to the Republican Party Rules Committee this Thursday in Cleveland. The petitions asks the Republican and Democratic Parties to “take such steps as are necessary to adopt rules that require all state party organizations to conduct open Presidential Primaries.”
Posted on June 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM
New York – June 23, 2016 – The presidential primaries cost taxpayers at least $287,806,312.9 in closed primary states and at least $427,300,168.79 for all states according to an analysis by election reform group Open Primaries. Indeed the gross lack of transparency by states on the costs of American elections likely makes the true costs of our primaries much higher. While 26.3 million voters in closed primary states were blocked from casting a single vote, their tax dollars still funded the party primaries.
Posted on June 22, 2016 at 6:05 PM
New York – June 22, 2016 – This week Michael Hardy, general counsel and vice president of the National Action Network, announced his strong support for electoral reforms within the Democratic Party, particularly open primaries. The National Action Network is one of the country’s preeminent social justice organizations.
Posted on June 15, 2016 at 1:57 PM
Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he will be fighting for electoral reforms within the Democratic Party, including open primaries, in the run-up to the convention.
Posted on June 14, 2016 at 3:59 PM
New York – June 14, 2016 – The Open Primaries movement has exploded into voters’ consciousness this spring as a direct result of a deeply flawed presidential primary season and voter discontent has propelled the Open Primaries petition to open the presidential primaries well past 25,000 signatures within days of launching.
Posted on June 02, 2016 at 4:06 PM
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New York – June 2, 2016 – Tuesday June 7th marks the conclusion of the deeply flawed presidential primary process.
Posted on May 31, 2016 at 4:19 PM
New York – May 31, 2016 – Open Primaries, a national political reform organization, today released this statement on behalf of John Opdycke, president of Open Primaries, praising the Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs for its work to uncover American voters’ lack of confidence in the electoral system and support for including all voters in the primary process.
Posted on May 11, 2016 at 4:13 PM
New York – May 11, 2016 – Next week’s primary in New Jersey will be hotly contested; with more delegates at stake than any other state left to vote except California. Yet 2,652,061 independent New Jersey voters, including almost half of all millennial voters, will be barred from casting a ballot in next week’s primary election despite paying for the election with their tax dollars – a burden that cost New Jersey taxpayers millions each primary season.