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Republican Rules Committee Meeting on Collision Course with Public Opinion on Open Primaries

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

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.”

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Closed Primaries Cost Taxpayers Millions

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

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.

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Open Primaries Applauds National Action Network’s General Counsel for Championing Primary Reform

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 6:05 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

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.

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Republican, Democratic Party Conventions on Collison Course with Public Opinion, Research on Open Primaries

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 3:59 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

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.

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Open Primaries Applauds AP-NORC Poll for Highlighting Voters’ Frustration with “Rigged” Primary System

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 4:19 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

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.

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Over 2.5 Million New Jersey Voters Barred from Next Week’s Election

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 4:13 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

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.

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Over a Half-Million Oregonians Barred from Next Week’s Election

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
(609) 610-1602

Next week’s primary in Oregon will be hotly contested; with more delegates at stake than any other state left to vote until the June 7th primary. Yet 676,000 independent Oregonians, including almost half of all millennial voters, will be barred from casting a ballot in next week’s primary election despite paying for it with their tax dollars – a burden that cost Oregonian taxpayers $3,006,688 for the last state presidential primary. Voter suppression takes many forms: long lines, incompetent administration, arbitrary registration deadlines, and archaic voter identification requirements. But these barriers, while serious, pale in comparison to the impact that closed, partisan primaries will have on the ability of over a half-million people in Oregon to cast a ballot and have a real choice in voting for a candidate they support. Equally egregious, Republican voters and Democratic voters will be forced to choose a candidate from one party and not allowed the choice to vote for a candidate of a different party in this most decisive of Oregon primary elections. Oregon shouldn’t have different rules for different voters. We must protect the right to vote for all Americans and bring our politics into the 21st century.

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Over a Million Pennsylvanians Barred from Next Week’s Pivotal Election

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 9:57 AM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
(609) 610-1602

Next week’s primary in Pennsylvania will be hotly contested; with more delegates at stake than any other state left to vote outside California. Yet 1.1 million independent Pennsylvanians, 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 Independents have been influential in states where they are allowed to vote. Exit polling in Massachusetts primary found that independent voters—52% of the electorate—who participated in the Democratic primary chose Bernie Sanders by a nearly 2-1 margin.

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