Friday, January 27, 2017

Idaho Bill for a Top-Two System

Idaho State Senator Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise) has introduced a Personal Bill, SB 1001, which would set up a Top-Two Primary system for all partisan office.

The bill even appears to extend to Presidential Elections.

That means the Top-Two vote-getters in each race during the Primary would advance to the November Election, regardless of Political Party.

In some contests, two Republicans or two Democrats could end up on the General Election Ballot.

Also, Voters wouldn’t have to be a Member of a particular Political Party to vote for that Party’s candidate.

It’s a system currently in place in California and Washington.

Louisiana has a version, where the Open Primary is in November, and races where there is no majority (50%), then there is a Top-Two run-Off.

The proposal hasn’t yet received a hearing, but it will likely face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Statehouse.

Nearly five years ago, the Idaho Republican Party closed the State’s GOP primary so that only registered Party Members could participate.

Some other States use Top-Two in Special Elections.

In New York City, the Mayor, Comptroller, and Public Advocate need 40% to avoid a Top-Two Run-Off.

In Nebraska, Top-Two Primaries are used only for State Legislative races, which are Nonpartisan to begin with, as well as certain Statewide races.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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