A Hybrid Primary = Path to Free and Fair Elections
WHERE WE WANT TO GO
What is a “Free” Election?
The goal of election reform is "free elections” -
but what exactly does that mean? Over the years,
the legal and political battles in Oregon have slowly
converged on this one question. Nationwide, it's
becoming obvious that activists everywhere need to
adopt a single definition of this word - if we want to
help each other.
It's not enough to guarantee free elections to
voters only. Candidates must also have unfettered
and equal access to the ballot. In the former Soviet
Union, elections were conducted on a regular basis,
but only communist candidates could run for office.
That's not a free election - that's a sham.
An “unfettered” opportunity to participate
means artificial barriers may not be used to
dissuade voting or candidacy. An election scheme
that denies Independent voters and candidates the
opportunity to participate in a publicly financed
primary stage is not a free election.
A “Free” election guarantees that all voters and
candidates have an unfettered and equal
opportunity to participate.