Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Independents Advance Structural Reforms: Open Primaries and Nonpartisan Elections

OPEN PRIMARIES
  • W.Va. early voting up from 2006 primary (by Lawrence Messina, Charleston Daily Mail) Twice as many Democrats voted early as Republicans, roughly in keeping with the relative sizes of the two major parties. Both have opened their primaries to unaffiliated voters. About 3,000 people who belong to neither major party cast early primary ballots, as did six members of the state's Mountain Party.
  • Broken system - Elections should replace conventions (Salt Lake City Tribune Editorial) ...in the case of any candidate who is chewed up or spit out by Utah's convention meat grinders, can we truly say that the people have spoken? In the 43 states where the political parties value the input of all members and hold direct or open primary elections to select candidates for statewide offices, the answer would be an unequivocal "yes."
  • Feminist Candidate Drops Out of Race for Stupak Seat (Ms. Magazine) "I hope that in the future the Party will reject this interference and insist on an open primary allowing voters to choose the candidate who represents their values."
  • Stupak foe Saltonstall withdraws (By JESSICA TAYLOR, Politico)
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