A bill before the state Legislature that would allow unenrolled voters to vote in party primaries has gained the backing of former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican.
- Russell Daniels published Wyoming lawmakers to consider changes to statewide elections in Open Primaries in the News 2021-06-10 06:34:40 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Open primaries bill clears both Maine House and Senate in Open Primaries in the News 2021-06-09 15:43:45 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Partisan vs nonpartisan elections is a false choice for Annapolis in Open Primaries in the News 2021-06-08 13:15:42 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Bill to open primaries in Maine gains support from Olympia Snowe in Open Primaries in the News 2021-06-01 17:18:23 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Former Senator Olympia Snowe endorses Semi Open Primaries Bill in Maine in Press Releases 2021-06-01 13:34:08 -0400
- Russell Daniels published The Washington Post: Want to help resolve American political dysfunction? Allow open primary elections in Open Primaries in the News 2021-06-01 00:02:16 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Laughlin, a potential gubernatorial candidate, said independents deserve voice in primaries in Open Primaries in the News 2021-05-23 21:08:52 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Take action to avoid another disastrous legislative session in Open Primaries in the News 2021-05-23 20:59:29 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Pennsylvania could finally have open primaries for independent voters in Open Primaries in the News 2021-05-19 10:34:23 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Why do we keep voting for these yo-yos? Arizona needs election reform now in Open Primaries in the News 2021-05-16 21:32:18 -0400
- Russell Daniels published Florida lawmakers limit donations to amendment drives, but not their own committees in Open Primaries in the News 2021-05-14 11:19:21 -0400
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A legislative committee in Wyoming has voted to pursue legislation that would significantly change the way statewide elections are run as early as next year, including a bill that would create a rank-choice system and another bill that would institute an open primary.
The House voted 92-52 to support allowing an unenrolled voter to cast a ballot in a primary election without having to register in that party.
No national institution is perceived as honest by more than 2 in 10 Americans, as reported by More in Common via their Two Stories of Distrust in America report.
That lack of honesty is tied to a lack of trust. And, that lack of trust applies to our neighbors and our elected officials. For the average American, daily life requires being on guard: more than 6 in 10 Americans say “you can’t be too careful in dealing with people.” And, for most Americans, their relationship with their representative feels combative more so than collaborative: around 7 in 10 Americans feel like politicians view them as “problems to be solved” rather than “constituents to be served.”
The Pennsylvania primary election is in the rearview mirror. It’s time now to look ahead to a structural change that will bring an end to a closed primary election system that disenfranchises prospective voters who are not members of the country’s two major parties.
Pennsylvania is among a handful of states that practice closed primaries, meaning that only Democrats and Republicans can cast ballots in the spring contest for candidates seeking major-party endorsement.
Much has been said and written about voting rights this last year and for good reasons. Vote Nevada, a nonprofit founded by Nevadans for Nevadans, will be contributing to this dialogue over the summer with events focused on our full suite of democracy rights, such as the right to fair representation and the right to engage in direct democracy. Because voting rights do not exist in a vacuum, protecting voting rights alone is insufficient to save our democracy; we must also ensure voters have the right to vote for fair representation through a diverse range of candidates, and to engage in governing activities without frivolous litigation.
There has recently been much debate in The Capital’s opinion pages and at Annapolis’ Charter Review Commission on the comparative merits of partisan vs. nonpartisan elections for city offices. But this is a false choice because there are better ways to combine the benefits of both partisan and nonpartisan elections while creating a more competitive electoral system.
We admit that we are traditionalists when it comes to election procedures. As a result, we’ve essentially defended the status quo when it comes to how elections are conducted.
But, as primaries have become more partisan at the same time that a significant number of voters, especially young voters, are choosing not to enroll in political parties, we find the arguments for more open primaries to be increasingly persuasive.
Think about this: There are millions of your fellow citizens who despise you and see you as a threat to themselves and to this nation. They do not know you, have never met you, but they still loathe you.
All they need to know is your partisan political preference.
In the Pennsylvania primary election on May 18, almost 1.3 million voters were not allowed a say in choosing candidates for our highest courts, mayor of one of our largest cities, and many municipal elections that will affect our daily lives.
As voters head to the polls Tuesday, state Sen. Dan Laughlin, a prospective Republican gubernatorial candidate, will reintroduce legislation that would allow independents to weigh in on partisan nominating contests.
The legislative session seems to be over for now, but it’s hard to breathe a sigh of relief.
The work legislators did — and didn’t do — has kept us mid-exhale, especially because it could easily start again. That decision to adjourn without an official end to the session exemplifies the theme of this year’s session: fear.
As voters cast their ballots in the primary election on Tuesday, state Sen. Dan Laughlin introduced a bill to open future primaries to all unaffiliated voters.
The Arizona Republican Party has election validity problems of its own. The results of the election of state officers at the January state meeting have been disputed. Skeptics circulated a petition calling for a redo. Party officials, chosen by virtue of the election being disputed, said that an insufficient number of signatures had been collected. Skeptics went to court, asking a judge to decide otherwise and order that another election meeting be held.
Pennsylvania’s next primary election is Tuesday, May 18, with statewide judicial and Philadelphia district attorney candidates on the ballot. Our state is one of just nine with closed primaries, meaning only registered Democrats and Republicans can weigh in on their respective partisan races, and independents just get a say on the ballot questions. State Rep. Chris Quinn (R., Delaware County) has introduced legislation to open primaries to the nearly 900,000 independent and nonpartisan voters in the state, but that wouldn’t open primaries for those already registered to a party.
Florida lawmakers say they’re sick of big money corrupting politics. So they passed a law that makes it a crime for anyone to give more than $3,000 to a political committee. Except not all political committees. Just the ones working to get issues like smaller class sizes or a higher minimum wage on Florida ballots. Lawmakers’ own political committees can still accept unlimited cash.
To the Editor:
As a 50-year active Democrat in Hancock County and chair of the Ellsworth Democratic Committee, I am writing in enthusiastic support of LD 231, the semi-open primaries bill co-sponsored by Ellsworth Representative Nicole Grohoski.
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