Paul Johnson, the former Mayor of Phoenix, will attempt to qualify an initiative in 2016 to convert all Arizona elections, except presidential elections, to non-partisan elections. There will be no party labels on any ballot, except for President, under the proposal.
The proposal, Prop-121, being prepared for the 2016 ballot would have all candidates of all political stripes run in a wide-open primary. Then the top-two vote-getters in each race would face off in the general election, regardless of party affiliation.
Johnson said the two major parties rig the system to suppress independent voters, who he believes are more moderate politically than those who remain party faithful. And he said that is not blunted even though independents, who outnumber both Democrats and Republicans, can vote in partisan primaries.
By law, Johnson and his allies cannot start circulating petitions until after this year’s general election.
The number of signatures will be set at 15 percent of those who vote in this year’s gubernatorial race, a goal likely to approach 300,000.
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