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.

2 Responses to League of Women Voters, AARP Endorse Open Nonpartisan Primary

  1. Don Coyote


    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. 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.