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Most states and all presidential elections are conducted under a partisan election process. This means that candidates for political office must run for election first as the representative of their party, before they appeal to the people as a whole. Because of gerrymandering and campaign finance laws that favor partisan candidates, open primaries, that have been enacted in a few states like California, Washington, and Louisiana, allow non-partisan voters to make their voice heard in the all-important primary elections, where most races are decided.
Romney was once proud of the moderate mantle. Yet, earlier this month, at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, he declared that he was rather “a severely conservative Republican governor.”
The Open Elections/Open Government Act would alter the state’s constitution to create a top-two open primary system like that passed by California voters in 2010.
President Bush famously stated “I’m a uniter not a divider,” and President Obama ran on a platform of post-partisanship. Ironically, they have proven to be the two most polarizing presidents in history, according to Gallup.
IVP co-chair and former state senator Steve Peace was recently interviewed by Brandi Powell, reporting for NBC San Diego, because of his admonition to the two parties to stop endorsing candidates so early in the primary process.