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Election Reform in Oregon
Navigating the election reform maze - we've hit a dead end You Aren't Here
Copyright © 2019, Paul Damian Wells, Corvallis, Oregon    Contact
In Oregon, over the last 3 decades, much progress has been made toward the goal of free and fair elections. Independent voters weren’t even recognized as a legitimate political group in 1990 - they are now. There is no longer any attempt to defend public-funding of closed party primaries, and increasing voter frustration with both major parties is unabated. Still, it’s obvious that election reform efforts have stalled completely. In recent years, Oregon voters have rejected “Top-Two” ballot measures twice - by huge margins. If we take an honest, critical look at why election reform efforts failed here recently, it’s clear that continuing on the same path will likely lead to more failures in the future. An alternative solution and strategy is needed.
Rather than abolishing the existing closed party primaries, a “Hybrid Primary” uses a two-stage vote tally to combine the closed primaries with an open top-four election. Independent voters secure the right to participate in selecting the top candidates for the general election ballot. Minor party candidates secure the right of equal ballot access for both the primary and general election. Major political parties retain the ability to consolidate their support behind a single candidate for each office.
If you’re trying to navigate a maze and you reach a “dead-end”, backtracking is necessary. Continuing to push forward is futile. This is a good analogy for election reform in Oregon. To that end, this web-article attempts to review where we want to go, where we’ve been, where we are, and how we can move backward or laterally to ultimately push forward and succeed. A review of election reform here in Oregon should be useful to reform advocates in other states as well. TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Election Reform in Oregon TABLE OF CONTENTS

Where we want to go

What is a “Free” election?

Where we have been

What is an “Open” Primary?

Where we are

What is a “Fair” election? The “Bipartisan System”

Backward or Laterally

What is a “Hybrid” primary? Partisan+Top-Four Elections What is a “Two-Stage” vote tally? Some important details

Ranked Choice Voting

What is a “Ranked Choice Voting”(RCV)?

Where we should not go

What is a “Closed” Primary? What is “Political Propaganda”?

A new Presidential primary

An “Electoral College Committee” “Inclusion”/”Exclusion” of votes

A note from the author

Paul Damian Wells Consolidating the Progressive Vote “Progressive” - not “Blue” I’m almost done
Hybrid Primary Ballots

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Election Reform in Oregon
In Oregon, over the last 3 decades, much progress has been made toward the goal of free and fair elections. Independent voters weren’t even recognized as a legitimate political group in 1990 - they are now. There is no longer any attempt to defend public-funding of closed party primaries, and increasing voter frustration with both major parties is unabated. Still, it’s obvious that election reform efforts have stalled completely. In recent years, Oregon voters have rejected “Top-Two” ballot measures twice - by huge margins. If we take an honest and critical look at why election reform efforts failed here recently, it’s clear that continuing on the same path will likely lead to more failures in the future. An alternative solution and strategy is needed.
Navigating the election reform maze - we've hit a dead end
If you’re trying to navigate a maze and you reach a “dead-end”, backtracking is necessary. Continuing to push forward is futile. This is a good analogy for election reform in Oregon. To that end, this web-article attempts to review where we want to go, where we’ve been, where we are, and how we can move backward or laterally to ultimately push forward and succeed. A review of election reform here in Oregon should be useful to reform advocates in other states as well. TABLE OF CONTENTS

Home

Election Reform in Oregon TABLE OF CONTENTS

Where we want to go

What is a “Free” election?

Where we have been

What is an “Open” Primary”

Where we are

What is a “Fair” election? The “Bipartisan System”

Backward or Laterally

What is a “Hybrid” primary? What is a “Two-Stage” vote tally? Some important details

Ranked Choice Voting

What is a “Ranked Choice Voting”(RCV)?

Where we should not go

What is a “Closed” Primary? What is “Political Propaganda”?

A new Presidential primary

An “Electoral College Committee” “Inclusion”/”Exclusion” of votes

A note from the author

Paul Damian Wells Consolidating the Progressive Vote “Progressive” - not “Blue” I’m almost done
You Aren't Here
Copyright © 2019, Paul Damian Wells, Corvallis, Oregon    Contact
Rather than abolishing the existing closed party primaries, a “Hybrid Primary” uses a two-stage vote tally to combine the closed primaries with an open top-four election. Independent voters secure the right to participate in selecting the top candidates for the general election ballot. Minor party candidates secure the right of equal ballot access for both the primary and general election. Major political parties retain the ability to consolidate their support behind a single candidate for each office.
Hybrid Primary Ballots
The Hybrid Primary Election Reform in Oregon
The Hybrid Primary Election Reform in Oregon