Posted on July 14, 2016 at 2:32 PM
Senior Vice President
Republican Rules Committee Attempted Deal at Odds with Public Opinion on Open Primaries
Committee Denies Open Primaries Activists Entry
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.
Open Primaries activists, attempting to deliver a petition with close to 35,000 signatures demanding the GOP conduct open presidential primaries, were repeatedly denied entry (video below) to the Republican Party Rules Committee open meeting today.
The petition, representing the voices of Americans in all 50 states, 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.”
26.3 million Independent voters, including almost half of all millennial voters, were barred from voting in presidential primaries this year. Millions more registered Democrats and Republicans were prevented from voting for the candidate of their choice despite paying for the primaries with their tax dollars- to the tune of over a quarter of a billion dollars in closed primary states.
Open Primaries is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization working to enact open and nonpartisan primary systems, counter efforts to impose closed primaries, educate voters, train and support spokespeople, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions. Open Primaries is a movement of diverse Americans who believe in a simple, yet radical idea: no American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote.