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Old 06-24-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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There are more registered independents than democrats in AZ and that number is soon to surpass registered republicans.

"Since party primaries traditionally have been low-turnout affairs, the few partisan voters who do show up tend to be from the opposite ends of the ideological scale – far to the right in Republican primaries and far to the left in Democratic primaries. Moderates from both parties often fail to survive the primary, so much so that few even try...

A Merrill/Morrison Institute poll reveals

-Ninety-seven percent say a top-quality public school system is either crucial (70 percent) or very important (27 percent) to the state’s future. Yet 74 percent say the state Legislature fails to provide public schools with the necessary funding.

-Nearly three-quarters of Arizona voters either strongly oppose (54 percent) or oppose (20 percent) allowing people to carry firearms into public places such as swimming pools, libraries and college camp.

-84 percent oppose allowing religious organizations that provide health insurance for their employees to ask female employees if they use birth control."

Source:

Berman: Az voters may change way we elect candidates | Analysis
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Top Two Primaries are a sham. Why would we want to use a system used in California, Louisiana or Washington. The self-proclaimed "independents" pushing this legislation are all former Democrats minus Mike Stauffer (former Republican running for sheriff in Maricopa County).

Under this system and incumbent has never lost. The stated goal is to give independents a stronger voice and elect "moderate" candidates. Independents already have a voice as they can vote in any primary of their choosing.

A better way to address cleaning up our elections (eliminating the alleged Clean Elections would be a good start) would be reducing the signature burden placed on independents seeking to run for office. Another would be Rank Choice Voting.

How can anyone support a system that will only have two candidates in a general election?

Anyone who thinks this is a good idea should take a serious look at what this system will do to Arizona.

The Arizona Republic and folks like Ted Downing and Grady Gammage Jr are pushing hard for this. Please do some research before buying into their propaganda.

Stop Top Two

Gaming open primaries - Blog For Arizona

Richard Winger:`Top-two' open primary is no guarantee of moderation - LA Daily News

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/opi...nt-partys-over
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the info
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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I'm independent and I'm for it. I'll encourage it with my vote. Get rid of the left and right winged nut balls.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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I'm independent and I'm for it. I'll encourage it with my vote. Get rid of the left and right winged nut balls.
Top Two will not get rid of either. Are California, Washington and Louisiana (where William Jefferson was re-elected under Top Two) moderate?
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