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Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016

The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity. Partisans’ views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century. For the first time in surveys dating to 1992, majorities in both parties express not just unfavorable but very unfavorable… Read more »

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Constitutional Amendment needed for closed primaries tactic

In the cynical world of party politics, many voters will have to change party registration just to have a voice. According to a 1998 Constitutional Amendment, if there are only members of one political party qualified to vote, then primaries would be open to all voters. Now, political parties in Florida don’t like that. So… Read more »

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Undemocratic San Diego Primaries Exclude Vast Majority of Voters

Democracy works best when the greatest number of people participate. It is on the basis of that core belief that the Independent Voter Project wrote Prop. 14, a ballot measure that changed the state’s primary system, in 2010. Under the new top-two rule, California’s primary elections were transformed from partisan to nonpartisan elections for all… Read more »

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Are Lawyers to Blame for the Two-Party System?

For generations, Americans have been told that liberty lives within the two-party system. The often uttered narrative states that the two dominant parties offer the best opportunity for voters to reflect upon and promote their own ideals. The 2016 election may irrefutably disprove this theory. An increasing number of polls show a majority of voters… Read more »

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Study: The Effect of California’s Nonpartisan Primary on Competition and Voter Confidence

With two election cycles under its belt, California’s nonpartisan primary system has shown positive results for electoral competition and voter confidence. Studies show that changing the first stage of the election from a private party nomination process to a nonpartisan public process results in more competitive elections, produces a more productive legislature, and enhances overall… Read more »