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  • Gust Tatlas
    commented 2024-01-25 18:22:10 -0500
    I wanted to find people in my area willing to set up an event where we can discuss open primaries legislation with my representative. Could someone from Ballot PA contact me?
  • Thomas Vernon
    commented 2023-05-17 11:02:17 -0400
    The Philadelphia primary election is a blatant example of the anti-democratic outcome of closed primaries. Key observations: 1) the virtually automatic confirmation of the Democratic primary outcome in the November election; 2) small turnout; 3) multiple mayoral candidates; 4) and small number of actual votes for the winner. The outcome is a mayor “elected” by a miniscule proportion of our citizens. Meanwhile, a minimum of 128,749 non-Dem, non-Repub voter registrants (2019 data) are excluded from ANY voice in the choice of their mayor. This is a significantly larger number than the margin of 21,762 votes that decided the election, representing and illustrating a substantial deficit of our democracy..

    I suggest that this Philadelphia primary election be used as a case study for the inequity and democracy-damaging of closed primaries.

    Tom Vernon
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  • Harlan Shober
    commented 2023-03-07 09:57:28 -0500
    Question, what do you think about a semi closed primary? I would like to see this versus closed or open alternatives.
  • Justin Villere
    published this page 2022-12-23 09:57:31 -0500