Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM
Senior Vice President
Republican Rules Committee Meeting on Collision Course with Public Opinion on Open Primaries
Open Primaries Activists to Deliver Petition to Thursday Meeting
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.”
The Supreme Court ruled in 1986 that political parties had the absolute right to open their primaries. Recent polling by the Associated Press shows 70% of Americans-Republicans, Democrats, and Independents-now support open 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. With Senator Cruz and his delegates declaring they will champion rules that bar independents from voting in future GOP contests at the meeting, the growing desire among diverse Americans to “vote for who you want!” is on a collision course with the partisan status quo.
“The message of 2016? The American people don’t trust the insiders because they have failed time and time again to respond to the economic, cultural and social crises that face our nation. The capacity of our political institutions to bring people together to build a better future is almost nonexistent. We are giving the Democratic and Republican Party leadership the chance to be a part of the solution. They need to give up control and embrace inclusive democracy if they want to help the country. I hope they listen,” declared John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries.
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.