Letter: Arizona should consider changing 'Open Primary' system

To the editor,

After reviewing previous election data on the Secretary of State's Web site I began to ponder the reasons for such low turnouts for the primary elections in my county. I couldn't establish a logical reason other to think of my own personal experiences with past elections.

I think a lot of my motivations for being at the polls is our current "Open Primary" system. An open primary system as defined by the constitution states that any member of any political party can vote for anybody of their choice on the ballot. But for some reason our "Open primary" system has some qualifications as defined by Article 7, Section 10 in the Arizona Constitution. It states that voters can vote for whomever they wish, as long as their party isn't represented on the ballot.

Although I am a registered Democrat, I also believed in the political issues that some Republican offices are tackling, issues that deal with Native Americans in my county. So why can't I vote for candidates who meet the need of voters in my area, even if they represent different political parties? If there are other voters in my district that feel the same, can we somehow join in and change the law to make Arizona a true "Open Primary" system?

Jon Yazzie

Tuba City, Ariz.


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