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Millions of New Yorkers Barred from Today’s Pivotal Election

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 10:32 AM

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Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
(609) 610-1602

Today’s primary in New York was one of the most important primary elections in a generation, with more delegates at stake than any other state left to vote outside California. Yet 3.2 million registered independents were barred from participating. 

New York joins a growing list of states across the country that have failed their citizens this primary season. 33% of millennial voters, 33% of Asian voters, 20% of Latino voters and 15% of African-American voters were denied the right to vote on Tuesday. Equally egregious, Republicans and Democrats voters were not allowed the choice to vote for a candidate outside of their party. 

The disenfranchisement of New York’s independent voters likely swayed the outcome. 

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Frustrated New Yorkers Attend Rally at City Hall To Express Outrage, Demand Election Reform

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 1:57 PM

Presidential Candidate Acknowledges Primary System is Broken

New York – April 14, 2016 – Hundreds of independent voters and advocates of open primaries gathered today on the steps of City Hall in New York City to address the glaring shortcomings in New York's election system that will exclude over 3 million voters in the state – close to one million in NYC – from casting ballots in the April 19th primary election despite being required as taxpayers to pay for it.  They also called for this issue to be addressed by candidates Clinton and Sanders in the NYC debate and for the Democratic and Republican Parties to open up the primaries.

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Frustrated New Yorkers Call for Election Reform at Rally on City Hall Steps

Posted on April 08, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Restrictive Primary System Excludes Voices of 3.2 Million Voters in New York

Independent voters and advocates of open primaries will gather on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to address the glaring shortcomings in New York's election system that will exclude over 3 million voters in the state – close to one million in NYC – from casting ballots in the April 19th primary election despite being required as taxpayers to pay for it.  They will also call for this issue to be addressed by candidates Clinton and Sanders in the NYC debate and for the Democratic and Republican Parties to open up the primaries.

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Independent Voters Excluded, Frustrated Heading Into Florida Primaries, Finds Survey

Posted on March 07, 2016 at 9:42 PM

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

New York, NY – March 07, 2016 – Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, released today the results of a statewide survey of Florida’s independent voters leading up to the state’s presidential primary on March 15th. The survey finds that independent voters in Florida are deeply frustrated by the lack of inclusion and the level of dysfunction in government, with the vast majority (87%) indicating they would support a Top Two Nonpartisan Primary ballot initiative.

Under Florida’s closed primary system, voters must join a political party to vote in the primaries. This current system bars Florida’s 3.2 million independent voters – well over a quarter of registered voters in the state -- from casting their vote for a presidential candidate.

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Open Primaries Launches Campaign to Rally Support for New Mexico Open Primary Elections Amendment

Posted on February 03, 2016 at 10:17 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2016
 
CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
(609) 610-1602 

 

Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, today announced the launch of a campaign to build support in the state House Judiciary Committee to approve HJR 12, the Open Primary Elections Constitutional Amendment. This bill will give all voters in New Mexico equal participation and say in their elections, bring competition back to electoral races and offer New Mexico’s citizens the functioning government they so desperately want. The group has established an educational web portal that includes a petition tool to encourage New Mexicans to take action by expressing their support for the bill to their legislator.

"As a registered independent and as a spokesperson for the 250,000 New Mexico independents excluded from our most important election, the primary, I would ask members of both parties in the legislature to look carefully at this bill and listen to the expert testimony in the coming days,” said Bob Perls, founder of New Mexico Open Primaries.

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Feeling Abandoned by the Parties, Latinos Seek Election Reform, More Likely to Vote if Enacted, Reveals Arizona Survey

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 9:38 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2016
 
CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
(609) 610-1602

 

Phoenix, AZ – January 27, 2016 – Today Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, released the second installment of an independent survey revealing that Arizona Latinos  overwhelmingly support primary election reform, favor candidates who support open primaries and would be far more likely to vote if elections were nonpartisan and allowed all voters to participate in all rounds of voting.  

The survey found that Latino voters feel elected officials in Arizona are failing to represent their community and their disillusionment with both Republicans and Democrats has Latinos – the fastest growing population in the state – calling for change and turning toward independence. In Arizona, 41% of Latinos are independent, a trend that is accelerating, and 63% of Arizona Latinos and 77% of millennials (18-34) believe Latinos should register as Independents so that the community is not tied to one party or the other.

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New Cause for Hope in Arizona Politics: Honest and Open Election & Campaign Finance Committees Formed to Support Two Constitutional Ballot Initiatives for the 2016 Arizona Ballot

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 10:15 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2016

 

CONTACT
Drew Sexton
(602) 738-1187
dsexton@azhighground.com

 

PHOENIX — Arizonans across the political spectrum are fed up with the state of our government.  Almost two-thirds of voters believe the State Legislature has the wrong priorities and that there is too much partisan conflict in the Arizona State Capitol.  Now, there is finally cause for hope that together we can change the system and make it work for the people of Arizona 

Two committees were filed yesterday with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to support two constitutional amendments to promote fairness and transparency in Arizona candidate elections. The committees will be spearheaded by the Open and Honest Elections coalition which is driven by the fundamental premise that Arizona voters have the right to know who is contributing large amounts of money to influence our elections and the right to participate equally in all elections.

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Illinois Voters Frustrated with Partisanship and Seek Solution to Parties’ “Rigged System,” Reveals Survey

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2015

 

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

 

New York, NY – December 15, 2015 – Today Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, released the results of a statewide survey of Illinois voters that finds overwhelming discontent with the state’s political environment, notably following six straight months of posturing between the state’s newly elected Republican governor and its Democratic-controlled General Assembly that has left Illinois without a balanced budget. Survey participants indicated the Illinois “system is rigged by the parties in their favor.” The solution to alter this political culture they say is implementation of nonpartisan reforms such as a Top Two primary election that would prevent Illinois voters’ desire for fiscal responsibility from being overshadowed by narrow party agendas.

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Latino Voters Frustrated by Democrats and Republicans Alike, Seek Electoral Change Reveals Arizona Survey

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 2:36 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2015

 

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

 

Phoenix, AZ – December 14, 2015 - Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, released today a new independent survey that shines a harsh light on the disconnect between the real world attitudes of Latino voters in Arizona and the political system. Overwhelmingly, Latino voters feel elected officials in Arizona are failing to represent their community and their disillusionment with both Republicans and Democrats has Latinos calling for changes in the electoral system. 

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Congress is Broken but Nebraska May Have the Answer

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 10:36 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2015
 
CONTACT
Kellie Ryan
Communications Director
(646) 205-0293

 

Congress is Broken but Nebraska May Have the Answer 

“The Myth of the Red State” Report Details the Long Term Successes of Nebraska’s Adoption of a Nonpartisan Election System

New York, NY- September 30, 2015 – Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, today released a new report examining the results of Nebraska’s adoption of a single, nonpartisan primary election system. The Myth of the Red State: Policy Over Party in the Nebraska State Capitol demonstrates that while Congress and many state legislatures have fallen prey to partisanship and dysfunction, the Nebraska political system is working.  

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