NM Democrats, GOP urged to adopt open primaries

Posted at: 04/24/2013 4:22 PM | Updated at: 04/24/2013 5:18 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An independent think tank wants New Mexico's political parties to adopt rules allowing unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections.

 

Think New Mexico Executive Director Fred Nathan made the request in a letter Wednesday to leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties.
 
Nathan contends election turnout will increase if independent voters, who are unaffiliated with a political party, can cast ballots in 2014 primary contests.
 
About 18 percent of the state's registered voters are independents.
 
GOP Chairmen John Billingsley said the request will be reviewed but "the idea of open primaries allows for outside groups to organize and disrupt the party's primary process."
 
Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Forrester said the proposal will be considered over the next year. It would need to gain approval at a state convention.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Print  

Paid Advertisement:




Paid Advertisement:
Know More? Got Photo? Got Video? Correction Needed?

KOB welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the rules of conduct set forth in our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use.

Advertisement | Your Ad Here

Advertisement | Your Ad Here

Home
Set Home
SMS Text Alerts
Text Alerts
Email
Email News
RSS
RSS
Android App
Android App
iPhone - iPad App
iOS App

Advertisement | Your Ad Here


Site Index