Wow! Wow! Momentum keeps growing for “top two” or “jungle primaries,” in which Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and third party candidates all run in the same primary, and the top two vote-getters make it onto the general election ballot, regardless of their party affiliation. We’re big fans, because they encourage independents and moderates to participate in the primaries (which isn’t even allowed in some states), and voters should vote every chance they get. But while we’re discussing election reform, we feel the most important question should be how do we get eligible citizens to vote for the first time? Obviously, we’re big fans of Weekend Voting, but if you’ve got another suggestion, please let us know!
ICYMI: Our very own Norm Ornstein was on The Diane Rehm Show yesterday discussing ways in which we can reduce partisanship through primary reform. Love to see electoral reform discussed on the national stage, check it out!
We want to give a shout out to the Kenai Peninsula Borough in Alaska. They only got 21% voter turnout last year, but they’re determined to do something about it. They just did a study to see whether vote-by-mail was the answer, and unfortunately found out it would increase the cost of elections. Now they’re asking their voters if they think it would be worth the cost. Even if you don’t institute vote-by-mail Kenai Peninsula, we want to applaud you for starting a conversation in your community about how to fix our broken voting system.
We would like to recommend an electoral reform that’s a personal favorite of ours though - have you looked into weekend voting?
Longest ballot in state history? Luckily Tennessee’s early voting allows voters to get cozy in the ballot box this Saturday and take their time. Imagine if they had to squeeze this in on a workday!
Look America, we know voting on Tuesday is the worst, but 14.6% turnout in the primaries so far!? We have got to do better!
Massive amounts of money are being spent to increase voter turnout in primary elections throughout the US- yet turnout is lower than ever. Even greater proof that one day is not enough!
Did you know that early voting starts today for the Tennessee primaries on August 7th? We’re totally jealous you guys get to vote this Saturday, so if you make it out to the polls this weekend, let us know!
Democrats are proposing a constitutional amendment that would limit campaign spending. What do you think? Will campaign finance reform increase turnout?
Props to Eric Holder for trying to make it as easy as possible to vote in Wisconsin and Ohio. As Jon Fund recently reminded us, “This is America. We don’t have to choose between making it easy to vote, and hard to cheat.”
35 States determine tied elections with a coin toss!?! If you ever needed any proof that every vote matters, and that our election system is horribly outdated, this has got to be it.