League Finishes Open Primary Study
Primaries first began in the early twentieth century as a response to increasingly strong party control over elections. At the time, voters wanted a larger say in who would be chosen as their candidate, instead of the long-standing tradition of party heads choosing who would run for office. Progressive reformers viewed direct primaries as a way for constituencies to increase transparency and allow for citizens to participate in the electoral process. As primaries became a feature of local, state, and eventually national elections, each municipality had the ability to shape their own process.
Today, most systems fall under two broad categories, Partisan and Nonpartisan primaries, with variations falling under each.
Open primaries allow voters to vote in the partisan ballot of their choice. This means that political parties cannot prevent non-members from voting in their party elections. Voters may select from the Republican or Democratic ballot.
After 22 months, the LWVFL Open Primary Study is completed and consensus meetings are being held across the state.
If you are interested in knowing a summery of what is in the study, please view and download Open Primary Study Kit, Executive Summary here.
If you would prefer to read the entire 100 page Master Study Open Primary Report, please view or download it here.