People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon February 6, 2012
Oregon Sec. of State Reacts to Open Republican Primary
The Republican primary for 'Secretary of State,' 'Attorney General' and 'Treasurer' will be open -- for the 2012 election. Party chairman Allen Alley says the Oregon GOP is telling voters: they're wanted. even if they’re not registered Republicans.
Secretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat, cheered the announcement. She said both parties should fully open their primaries because more than a fifth of the electorate doesn't have a voice in choosing party nominees. But logistically, she's not sure how it can be done.
Kate Brown: "The challenge is how do we do a portion of the partisan races out to the non-affiliated voters, that's the challenge."
Brown says she'll have to come up with a solution within a couple of weeks.
Republicans did not open their presidential primary, legislative primaries or local races to non-affiliated voters.
The executive director of the state Democratic Party says Democrats haven't decided yet what to do in this year's primary.
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