A Hybrid Primary = Path to Free and Fair Elections
Contact your state lawmakers.
If you’d like to get involved and do something
productive, you don’t need to donate any money or
collect any signatures. You simply need to contact
your elected representatives and make them aware
that an alternative exists for establishing free
elections - an election process that does not require
abolishing the bipartisan system.
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Roughly 33% of Oregon voters supported the
nonpartisan top-two initiatives that failed here in
recent years. We need 50% support to be successful.
By providing a process that is fair to major party
candidates and abandoning the requirement that
the bipartisan system be abolished - we should be
able to pick up more support. Specifically, we need
the support of Democrats.
If there are two or more progressive
candidates on the general election ballot - and only
one conservative - the conservative candidate can
win by default with far less than 50% of the vote.
The electoral college compounds the situation
further because many states like Florida are winner-
(Source: Florida Department of State, Div of Elections)
Consolidating the Progressive Vote
Closed partisan primaries allow both major
parties the opportunity to consolidate their support
behind a single candidate prior to the general
election. For Democrats, this really isn’t enough.
Democrats need all the “progressive” voters backing
a single candidate prior to the general election. The
results of the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election in
Florida illustrates the problem quite well.