Open Primaries Movement Gains Momentum

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The victory in California for independent voters with Proposition 14 has strengthened the movement for open primaries around the country:

Arizonans should watch closely (The Arizona Republic) Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s outgoing Republican governor, readily acknowledged in a news conference that the goal is to reduce the power of political parties: “We wanted to have the politicians be public servants and not party servants.” He touted open primaries as a way to keep politicians from getting “stuck in their ideological corners.”

In Our View: One More Top Two – Washington’s system for primary voting is starting to catch on elsewhere (The Columbian – WA)

EDITORIAL: Watch this California experiment: State’s move to an open primary might reveal what works, what doesn’t (The Buffalo News, printed on Leagle.com) But it is a big step with a noble purpose. New York should watch and learn.

House backs open primary elections for 2011 (Capitol News Bureau, Louisiana Politics Blog, By JORDAN BLUM, Advocate Capitol News Bureau)

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