RESTARTING ELECTION REFORM
In Oregon, over the last 25 years, much progress has been made toward the goal of free and open elections. Independent voters weren’t even recognized as a legitimate political group in 1992 - 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 1. HOME Table of Contents 2. WHERE WE WANT TO GO What is a “free” election? 3. WHERE WE’VE BEEN The Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary. 4. WHERE WE ARE What is a “fair” election? The “Bipartisan System”. 5. BACKWARD OR LATERALLY A “Partisan+Top-Two” election. A “two-stage” vote tally. Some important details: 6. CONCLUSION A Hybrid Election = a path forward. 7. GET INVOLVED Contact your state lawmakers. Consolidating the Progressive Vote 8. A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Paul Damian Wells. APPENDICES A. THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY The primary/caucus process. The Electoral College statutes. B. A NEW PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY An “Electoral College Committee”. “Inclusion”/“Exclusion” of Votes. C. PRIMARY REFERENDUMS “Backing-out” of a primary. D. FREE vs. FAIR IN COURT Partisan+Top-Two legal issues.
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CORVALLIS, OREGON 17 MARCH 2018
RESTARTING ELECTION REFORM
In Oregon, over the last 25 years, much progress has been made toward the goal of free and open elections. Independent voters weren’t even recognized as a legitimate political group in 1992 - 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 1. HOME Table of Contents 2. WHERE WE WANT TO GO What is a “free” election? 3. WHERE WE’VE BEEN The Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary. 4. WHERE WE ARE What is a “fair” election? The “Bipartisan System”. 5. BACKWARD OR LATERALLY A “Partisan+Top-Two” election. A “two-stage” vote tally. Some important details: 6. CONCLUSION A Hybrid Election = a path forward. 7. GET INVOLVED Contact your state lawmakers. Consolidating the Progressive Vote 8. A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Paul Damian Wells. APPENDICES A. THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY The primary/caucus process. The Electoral College statutes. B. A NEW PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY An “Electoral College Committee”. “Inclusion”/“Exclusion” of Votes. C. PRIMARY REFERENDUMS “Backing-out” of a primary. D. FREE vs. FAIR IN COURT Partisan+Top-Two legal issues.
CORVALLIS, OREGON 17 MARCH 2018
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RESTARTING ELECTION REFORM
In Oregon, over the last 25 years, much progress has been made toward the goal of free and open elections. Independent voters weren’t even recognized as a legitimate political group in 1992 - 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 1. HOME Table of Contents 2. WHERE WE WANT TO GO What is a “free” election? 3. WHERE WE’VE BEEN The Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary. 4. WHERE WE ARE What is a “fair” election? The “Bipartisan System”. 5. BACKWARD OR LATERALLY A “Partisan+Top-Two” election. A “two-stage” vote tally. Some important details: 6. CONCLUSION A Hybrid Election = a path forward. 7. GET INVOLVED Contact your state lawmakers. Consolidating the Progressive Vote 8. A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Paul Damian Wells. APPENDICES A. THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY The primary/caucus process. The Electoral College statutes. B. A NEW PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY An “Electoral College Committee”. “Inclusion”/“Exclusion” of Votes. C. PRIMARY REFERENDUMS “Backing-out” of a primary. D. FREE vs. FAIR IN COURT Partisan+Top-Two legal issues.
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CORVALLIS, OREGON 17 MARCH 2018