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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Provocateur/ pundit/ organizer Nancy Hanks is a long-time activist in the independent political movement who’s done it all: petitioning to put independent candidates on the ballot from New York to Texas and points east, west, north and south; fundraising for the independent think tank, the Committee for a Unified Independent Party (CUIP), and its online counterpart, IndependentVoting.org; running as an independent for New York City Council from Queens, New York City’s most diverse borough; serving as the current Treasurer of the Queens County Committee of the Independence Party of New York (of the IP NYC Organizations); conducting research for the Neo-Independent, a magazine that addresses the concerns of independent voters.