People of Northwest Public Radio
Thu August 21, 2014
Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure
A group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system have issued their recommendation: They're against it. That puts them in the same camp as both major political parties in Oregon. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains.
Few things unite Democrats and Republicans. Especially at election time. But this year both parties have come out against Oregon's Measure 90. If it passes, any partisan general election could end up with two Democrats or two Republicans on the ballot. And everyone would get to vote in the primaries--without having to register with a party. Greg Leo is a Republican strategist who's leading the GOP's effort to fight the measure. He says the Top Two primary would create political chaos.
Leo: "A lot of people now understand through the political process what it means to be a Republican and to be a Democrat, what candidates can be expected to be like under the current system. This really kind of scrambles it and makes it very confusing."
Supporters of the measure say open primaries offer choices to more voters including the nearly one-third who aren't part of a major party. Oregon voters rejected a similar proposal in 2008.
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