Kentucky’s Primary Problem: 10.5% of Kentuckians decided 100% of U.S. House races in this year’s primary election
Unite America’s Sarah Brannon writes about how low participation, lack of competition, and closed primaries fuel partisan elections and disenfranchise voters. The solution? Open and nonpartisan primaries.
“Voters in Kentucky need not settle for the status quo of little choice or voice in the outcomes of their elections. Opening primaries is an incremental step that would invite greater participation in important elections. Further, Kentucky could consider nonpartisan primaries. Alaska recently adopted a system that will allow all candidates to appear on the same primary ballot, and all voters — regardless of party affiliation — can participate. The top four candidates will advance to the general election, where ranked choice voting will help determine the consensus winner.”
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