My name is Paul Damian Wells. I'm a Voting Rights Activist from Corvallis, Oregon and I'm committed to free and fair elections where all voters and candidates have an equal opportunity to participate - even those I disagree with.
Total Independent: 869,305
Working Families: 10,299
Pacific Green: 10,142
Oregon Voter Registration
Me (Young) in 1992
Me (Old) in 2016
• All candidates – party affiliated and non-affiliated, compete in a single primary to determine the top two
candidates for each office.
PARTISAN TOP TWO PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Thank you for offering, but I don't solicit or accept contributions.
Paul Damian Wells
SOS Web Site
Nonetheless, if you're seeking political alternatives - do consider the Independent Voter Project (IVP). They are a national group based in California and, among other things, they are attempting to organize the legal fight for election reform. I'm sure they could use your donation. (Link to the left)
You might also consider registering to vote as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO). To retain major party status and a publicly financed primary election, at least 5% of Oregon voters must be registered as members. You can change your registration online at the Secretary of State's website.
IVP Web Site
I've been actively involved in non-nartisan election reform since 1992. However, after nearly a quarter century of advocating for Nonpartisan Top-Two elections, I have finally come to the realization that some compromise between partisan and non-partisan elections must be found.
In a Nonpartisan Top-Two primary, two or more candidates will often "split" a single block of voter support. A candidate can lose the election simply because there is a similar candidate on the ballot. This is a very real problem for major parties. (In the 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary, there were 13 Republican candidates on the ballot.) A Nonpartisan Top-Two election is a "free" election - but it isn't a "fair" election.
Based on the site statistics provided by my internet service provider, I know that many of you visiting my site are from outside of
Oregon. If you are an activist from another state looking for ideas of how to proceed with election reform in your own state, click
the link to the left to view a much more comprehensive review of election reform in Oregon.
A "hybrid" aproach is a good compromise. Shown below is an overview of the "Partisan Top-Two" primary election. To the left, is a link to a short white paper with mock ballots that illustrates how the ballots are tallied. This election guarantees an equal opportunity to participate for all voters and candidates. At the same time, it insures that major party candidates are not disadvantaged simply because each major party typically fields more than one candidate per office. Finally, It guarantees that two candidates from the same party will not advance to the general election.
• All voters – partisan and independent, participate equally in selecting the top two candidates at the primary.
• Each Independent and Third Party voter receives a Nopartisan ballot with all candidates listed.
• Each Major Party voter receives a Major Party ballot with all candidates listed.
• Major Party ballots are tallied first. For each major party, and for each office, the major party candidate
with the most votes wins.
• The vote tally from the Partisan ballots is then added to the vote tally of the Non-Partisan Ballots
- but, the top major party candidate for each major party wins all of his/her party votes cast for the office. The partisan ballot
is a "Winner-Take-All" contest.