RESTARTING ELECTION REFORM
The Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary In a “Nonpartisan” Top-Two election, all voters and candidates participate equally in the primary - regardless of party affiliation or non-affiliation, and the top two candidates advance to the general election. All voters participate equally in the general election, and the candidate with the most votes is elected. A Nonpartisan Top-Two is a free election process. So why do we still conduct closed partisan elections nearly everywhere except Washington State, California and Louisiana? Closed partisan primaries still exist in Oregon because voters have rejected the Nonpartisan Top-Two primary twice in recent years - by huge margins. This occurred even though polls consistently show a strong majority of Oregon voters support election reform. In 2012, voters in Arizona defeated Proposition 121 – an initiative very similar to the measures that were defeated in Oregon. A completely different state, with a completely different electorate, but the margin of defeat was nearly identical. If an initiative fails by a 2:1 margin, something about the initiative is very, very wrong. Simply placing it back on the ballot with a different sponsor and marketing campaign won’t change anything. For whatever reason, many voters lie to pollsters about their support for election reform - or - opponents of election reform found and exploited one or more fatal flaws in these initiatives.
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
CORVALLIS, OREGON 17 MARCH 2018
RESTARTING ELECTION REFORM
The Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary In a “Nonpartisan” Top-Two election, all voters and candidates participate equally in the primary - regardless of party affiliation or non- affiliation, and the top two candidates advance to the general election. All voters participate equally in the general election, and the candidate with the most votes is elected. A Nonpartisan Top-Two is a free election process. So why do we still conduct closed partisan elections nearly everywhere except Washington State, California and Louisiana? Closed partisan primaries still exist in Oregon because voters have rejected the Nonpartisan Top-Two primary twice in recent years - by huge margins. This occurred even though polls consistently show a strong majority of Oregon voters support election reform. In 2012, voters in Arizona defeated Proposition 121 – an initiative very similar to the measures that were defeated in Oregon. A completely different state, with a completely different electorate, but the margin of defeat was nearly identical. If an initiative fails by a 2:1 margin, something about the initiative is very, very wrong. Simply placing it back on the ballot with a different sponsor and marketing campaign won’t change anything. For whatever reason, many voters lie to pollsters about their support for election reform - or - opponents of election reform found and exploited one or more fatal flaws in these initiatives.
CORVALLIS, OREGON 17 MARCH 2018
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
RESTARTING ELECTION REFORM
The Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary In a “Nonpartisan” Top-Two election, all voters and candidates participate equally in the primary - regardless of party affiliation or non-affiliation, and the top two candidates advance to the general election. All voters participate equally in the general election, and the candidate with the most votes is elected. A Nonpartisan Top-Two is a free election process. So why do we still conduct closed partisan elections nearly everywhere except Washington State, California and Louisiana? Closed partisan primaries still exist in Oregon because voters have rejected the Nonpartisan Top-Two primary twice in recent years - by huge margins. This occurred even though polls consistently show a strong majority of Oregon voters support election reform. In 2012, voters in Arizona defeated Proposition 121 – an initiative very similar to the measures that were defeated in Oregon. A completely different state, with a completely different electorate, but the margin of defeat was nearly identical. If an initiative fails by a 2:1 margin, something about the initiative is very, very wrong. Simply placing it back on the ballot with a different sponsor and marketing campaign won’t change anything. For whatever reason, many voters lie to pollsters about their support for election reform - or - opponents of election reform found and exploited one or more fatal flaws in these initiatives.
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
CORVALLIS, OREGON 17 MARCH 2018