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  •  The reason why people might like this idea... (2+ / 0-)
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    hankmeister, Tuba Les

    ...is because if you live in a political subdivision that is dominated by the "other" party, you end up with no say in who gets elected.

    In my case, I'm in a solidly Republican area, which means that whoever wins the Republican primary is going to win the general election.  The only way to have a say is to vote in the Republican primary -- and in off year elections, that is what I tend to do so that I can have some sort of say in the election.  The open primary resolves this problem.

    And frankly, what happened in the congressional district that is the focus of this diary looks to me like screw ups that shouldn't be blamed on the open primary system.  If 52% of the primary voters in a Democratic leaning district voted for the two Republicans, that suggests to me that the Democratic party did a very poor job of getting out it's voters.  That's the fault of the local Democratic party, not the primary system.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:20:21 PM PDT

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