There has been a dramatic shift in public opinion concerning election reform – but it probably isn’t Independents or Republicans who have altered their priorities. Rank and file Democratic voters, en-masse, are giving up on closed primaries.
Currently, there are several organizations actively promoting election reform at the national level in the United States. Many more groups and individuals are active at the state level. Still, there doesn’t appear to be any overall strategy, common purpose or long term plan for success.
Electoral College Committees: The canvass of the popular vote for president could be very complicated. Rather than delegating authority for this process to representatives of the major political parties, small groups of election officials are appointed in each state to act on behalf of voters.
The public ballot proposal is not election reform – it’s exactly the opposite. The public ballot proposal perpetuates and safeguards the major party primaries as private political party functions. In spite of claims to the contrary, there is no attempt to eliminate voter or candidate exclusion. It’s a sham.
Increasingly, “other” progressives are choosing not to participate in the Democratic primary as voters or candidates. “Ranked Choice Voting” (RCV) is a simple and effective method of consolidating all the progressive vote prior to the final vote tally in a general election.
When you see an article falsely claiming that Independents can vote in a closed primary – post a comment or reply. It only takes a few minutes and costs nothing.
Unlike a “simple” Top-Four primary, the hybrid primary uses a two-stage vote tally to incorporate the closed major-party “nominating” elections.
A closed primary is a private election, limited to affiliated party members, who must declare their party affiliation in order to participate. All unaffiliated voters are excluded. All unaffiliated candidates are excluded.