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Is Illinois Ready for an Open Primary?

Is Illinois Ready for an Open Primary?

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You’d get to choose from both Column A and Column B in a primary, under a bill introduced in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) says Gov. Pat Quinn’s reference to an open primary in the 2013 State of the State address inspired him to research what other states do.

“A real open primary that guarantees that the November election, to the extent possible, always features meaningful contests,” Fortner says in discussing what he found in California 2010. “You would have a primary ballot that shows all the names of both parties for a given office, and the top two, regardless of which party they’re with, move on to the general election.”

For example, if you would like to vote for one of the Republican candidates for governor but a Democrat in a downballot race, you could. Of course, you would not have to declare a party preference, either.

 

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