A Hybrid Primary = Path to Free and Fair Elections
In Oregon, over the last 25 years, 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 the major party primaries,
and increasing voter frustration with both major
parties is unabated. Still, it’s obvious that election
reform has stalled completely. In recent years,
Oregon voters have rejected the Nonpartisan Top-
Two Primary twice - by huge margins.
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
Table of Contents
WHERE WE WANT TO GO
What is a “free” election?
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
The Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary.
WHERE WE ARE
What is a “fair” election?
The “Bipartisan System”.
BACKWARD OR LATERALLY
What is a “Hybrid” Primary election?
A “two-stage” vote tally.
Some important details:
A Hybrid Election = a path forward.
Contact your state lawmakers.
Consolidating the Progressive Vote
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Paul Damian Wells.
A NEW PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
An “Electoral College Committee”.
“Inclusion”/“Exclusion” of Votes.