Posted by Russell Daniels on February 19, 2021 at 2:54 PM
Senate Bill Would Open Nevada's Primary Elections
Nevada's nonpartisan voters could vote in partisan races during the primary elections if SB 121 passes.
A bill in the state senate would change Nevada's primary election system. It would allow people to vote for every candidate on the ballot, regardless of their party affiliation.
Nevada holds a primary election every other spring. Every eligible voter can participate but nonpartisans don't get to vote for partisan races.
Kieckhefer says holding an open primary will allow all voters to select our leaders, early in the process.
The move would also allow republicans and democrats to participate in the opposition party's primaries.
He says getting enough lawmakers on board could be challenging. After all, they all got elected under the current system.
SB 121 would run the primary elections like the local races. Everyone gets to vote and the top two candidates move on to the general election.