Monday, March 28, 2011

Independent Voters Lead National Election Reform Campaign

National Conference Call for Independents.  Every six weeks, CUIP president Jacqueline Salit hosts America's largest ongoing national call for independents. She provides updates about what independents are doing around the country and how the movement is growing. Get connected, hear updates.
Next call: Monday, March 28 - TODAY
Title: They Want Our Votes. But Do They Want to Listen to Us? A Campaign for Congressional Hearings into the Second Class Status of Independent Voters
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PROP 14
State GOP tries to craft its own mail-in primary before Prop 14. takes effect (By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times) After a contentious battle, Republicans settle on a strategy to blunt the effect of new open-primary law. They'll survey all GOP voters by mail and the top vote-getter will be the party's official candidate.

SHOULD VOTERS PAY FOR INTERNAL PARTY ELECTIONS?
Tighter ballot can bring big savings (Erica Felci, The Desert Sun) In 2008, 53 percent of the candidates on Riverside County's June ballot were central committee candidates. They comprised 40 percent of the county's primary ballot last year, according to an analysis published last week in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Now an effort is starting, led by the San Diego registrar, to take such candidates off the regular ballot and instead create a separate selection process.

IDAHO CLOSED PRIMARY RULING
Judge rules Idaho Republicans have right to close primary (By Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian) But closing the primary in Idaho is more complicated than it is in Oregon, where voters register by party (or declare themselves non-affiliated).  In Idaho, as in Washington, voters don't register by party and voters have long been accustomed to simply choosing whether to cast a Republican or Democratic primary ballot.
NOTE: Independents will appeal the ruling in Idaho

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