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Push is Underway To Have Voters Vote on More Open Primaries in Oregon


Mark Frohnmayer, the son of former Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer wants Oregon to have more open  political primaries.

 

It would utilize a "top two" system and is being called a "unified primary."

 

There would be one ballot in the primary for everyone and voters could vote for as many candidates as they want.  The top two candidates in the primary would move on to the general election.

 

Frohmayer says it would give 31 percent of Oregon's voters who are independents, more of a voice.

 

"The primary would in effect become much more important election.  Instead of a super partisan election, it would actually be the first pass filter for the whole electorate."
 

 

Frohnmayer believes Oregon's closed primaries basically marginalizes voters who aren't affiliated with the major parties.

 

He must gather 87-thosuand signatures to put the issue on the ballot.


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