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New Poll Shows July 4th is "Independents" Day in Philadelphia as Voters Express Support for Nonpartisan Election Reforms

Posted on July 01, 2015 at 5:05 PM

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July 1, 2015
 
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Kellie Ryan
Communications Director
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  • 73 percent of voters polled think there are definitely flaws in Philadelphia’s closed primary system.
  • 88 percent of voters polled support changing Philadelphia’s primary system to either an open primary system or to a Top Two system.

New York, NY – July 1, 2015 - Open Primaries, a national political reform organization, released today poll results showing Philadelphia voters’ overwhelming desire for an election system more focused on a candidate’s own positions, rather than political partisanship.

According to the polling conducted from May-June of 346 registered independent voters in metro Philadelphia, 73 percent of voters polled feel there are definitely flaws in Philadelphia’s closed primary system and an impressive 88 percent support changing the current system to either an open primary system or a Top Two, nonpartisan election system. Interestingly, 87 percent of the voters polled were already aware of Pennsylvania’s closed primary system. Complete results below.

 

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New Poll Shows SCOTUS Decision on Voter Redistricting in Line with Arizonans' Views

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:55 AM

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June 29, 2015
 
CONTACT
Kellie Ryan
Communications Director
(646) 205-0293

 

Open Primaries announces launch of Voter Reform Campaign in Arizona

New York, NY – June 29, 2015 – Open Primaries, a national political reform organization, offered enthusiastic praise today for the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision to uphold the constitutionality of the independent redistricting commission previously approved by voter referendum in Arizona. In support of this movement in Arizona, Open Primaries is launching a campaign to help independent voters further reform the electoral process in Arizona. 

"This is a very significant decision, both for our democracy and for the growing political reform movement that was under attack by the Arizona State Legislature and reinforces the people’s ability to make and amend voting rules,” said John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries. “By upholding the constitutionality of the voter referendum, SCOTUS paved the way for the people of Arizona to implement further reforms – which our polling data illustrates is clearly the will of the people.” 

 

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Congressman John Delaney Reintroduces the Open Our Democracy Act; Open Primaries Movement Growing Nationally

Posted on June 05, 2015 at 3:36 PM

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June 05, 2015
 
CONTACT
Kellie Ryan
Communications Director
(646) 205-0293

 

Benefits of Open Our Democracy Act:

  • Allows all voters to cast a ballot in the primary for the candidate of their choice
  • Provides for a vote on a non-partisan plan to reform the redistricting process through the creation of independent redistricting commissions
  • Increases voter participation by treating Election Day as a federal holiday

New York, NY – June 05, 2015 – Open Primaries, a national political reform organization, announced today its partnership with Congressman John Delaney (MD-6) in reintroducing the Open Our Democracy Act, an election reform legislation allowing Congress to accurately reflect the interests of the American people. The bill targets three elements that are feeding polarization and gridlock in Congress: closed primary elections, gerrymandered Congressional districts, and low voter turnout.

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Mississippi Voters Overwhelmingly Seek Election Reform, Finds Poll

Posted on June 02, 2015 at 3:19 PM

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June 1, 2015

 

CONTACT  
Kellie Ryan
(646) 205-0293
kryan@openprimaries.org

 

  • 72 percent of voters polled think Mississippi needs a more fair election system.
  • 94 percent of Mississippians surveyed believe voters need to have as much or more power as political parties.
  • 85 percent of voters polled think a nonpartisan system will force politicians to represent the people and not the parties.
  • 86 percent believe closed primaries would be a step backwards for the state.  

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Open Primaries Commends Report Encouraging a Shift to Nonpartisan Primaries in Mississippi

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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January 28, 2015

 

CONTACT  
Kellie Ryan
(646) 205-0293
kryan@openprimaries.org

 

This week, Open Primaries, a national political reform organization, commended the Mississippi Secretary of State for urging that the Mississippi legislature adopt a fully open and nonpartisan election system.  On January 16, the Secretary of State’s 2014 Committee to Review Election Laws (CREL) issued a formal recommendation for the adoption of a Top Two Nonpartisan Primary system.  Should the legislature follow the advice, all Mississippi elections—including for Congress—would be conducted along nonpartisan lines.

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Ballot Measure 90 Falls Short

Posted on November 05, 2014 at 3:53 PM

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November 17, 2014

 

CONTACT  
Kellie Ryan
(646) 205-0293
kryan@openprimaries.org

 

Ballot Measure 90, the Oregon open primaries initiative, was rejected by Oregon voters on Tuesday. "Open Primaries was founded with a long term vision and a recognition that we need to build, brick by brick, a new reform coalition," said John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries. "We ran a campaign to mobilize younger voters and independents, but this was an extremely partisan, low turnout election year, and we were not able to break through." 

 

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New National Open Primaries Organization Launched

Posted on October 01, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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October 1, 2014

 

CONTACT  
Kellie Ryan
(646) 205-0293
kryan@openprimaries.org

 

Open Primaries Inc., a new national 501 (c) (4) nonprofit political reform organization, opened its doors on September 4, 2014. The organization is being led by independent activist John Opdycke and was launched with support from philanthropists Laura and John Arnold. The mission of Open Primaries is to advocate for open and nonpartisan primary systems, educate the public about the benefits of open primaries, train and support spokespeople, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions.

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