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League of Women Voters, AARP Endorse Open Nonpartisan Primary

In a significant boost for Amendment V, AARP and the League of Women Voters yesterday endorsed the open non-partisan primary proposal on the 2016 ballot. Amy Scott Stoltz of LWV and Erik Gaikowski of AARP appeared at a press conference yesterday with Amendment V chair Rick Knobe to announce their support for Amendment V:

When the League of Women Voters says a measure is good for voters (“V for Voter”—good one, Rick!), it’s kind of hard to argue.

Neither LWV or AARP will be giving the V campaign cash, but Gaikowski says they will be informing their membership of the endorsement.


  1. Don Coyote 2016-09-14 22:47


    FYI, an open primary is an election in which voters are not required to declare party affiliation.

    A non-partisan primary (top two/jungle primary) is an election where candidates can’t declare a party affiliation.

    The terms are exclusive.

  2. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-09-15 06:30

    Go pick another nit. V offers a primary in which every voter may participate without declaring party affiliation and every candidate appears on the ballot without party affiliation listed. How does telling voters V offers an “open nonpartisan primary” create any misconception? Is there a better, equally concise phrase that describes the proposal?

    By the way, there is no state with a nonpartisan primary in which candidates “can’t declare a party affiliation.” School board and city council candidates can tell people they are Republicans or Libertarians or whatever. It’s just not written on the ballot.

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