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Arizona, Elections, Politics

Prop 121 faces broad, bipartisan rejection

Posted: October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm   /   by

The only thing that every political party in Arizona can agree on seems to be this:  that open primaries, as implemented by Prop 121, are a disaster best avoided.  Every major and minor organized political party in the state seems to have found good reasons to oppose the Open Elections, Open Government initiative.

Governor Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery have come out against the initiative, as have the state Republican Party and the Arizona Latino Republican Association.  The Goldwater Institute has also written about the probable outcomes of an open primary, referring to it as the “Incumbent Protection Act”, among other things.

The state Democratic Party has also come out against Prop 121, as have many organizations aligned with their interests.  Its Executive Director, Luis Heredia, said, “We believe that Prop. 121 does not resolve what the proponents believe, which is to moderate the state.”  This is an argument that both Republicans and Democrats have made, pointing out that a similar scheme led to a general election runoff for governor between a KKK member and a criminal in Louisiana.

Every third party has also come out vigorously against Prop 121, because it will make it nearly impossible for their organizations to get candidates on the ballot after the primary is over.  “If you are a Libertarian or a Green voter your candidates are almost guaranteed not to move on to the general election,” said Angel Torres, one of the co-chairs of the state Green Party.

Other independent groups, such as the League of Women Voters, have also found that Prop 121 will unintentionally deny voters a real choice in the general election.  One of the most likely outcomes of implementing an open primary as described by Prop 121 would be to create general election runoffs between members of the same party.  Voters unaffiliated with any political party would be subjected to a contest where no real choice exists.  Does your vote really count if the outcome is nearly guaranteed from the start of the race?

Hannah Thoreson

Hannah Thoreson is a science and technology writer based in northern Virginia. She earned a physics degree from Arizona State University in 2012 and has been causing trouble ever since.

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  1. Pvblivs says:

    A lot of people are trying to claim that prop 121 would make the political parties somehow more powerful.  But the political parties are against it.  I will grant that it is not a perfect solution.  But it is better than what we have.

  2. FrankHenry says:

    A YES vote for Prop 121 will be a positive vote for EVERY Arizona voter.
    The partician concerns indicated by leaders of political parties have been
    posted over the last two months. The negative remarks of the “leaders” do NOT
    represent the positive gains that every voter in Arizona will achive.
    A YES for 121 will allow EVERY voter:
    1. EQUAL ACCESS to get on every ballot.
    2. EQUAL ACCESS to vote every ballot.

  3. EnoeVarela says:

    NO ON 121………..NO ON 121…………NO ON 121…. Socialist use this strategy to confuse citizens, this tactic is so effective that citizens cant see the difference between one cadidate and the other candidate, citizens cant see what each candidate stands for….. I lived it, been there, seen it, and it is not good for a country’s democracy…NO ON 121 @FrankHenry

  4. FrankHenry says:

    YES on 121 is a positive gain for all voters…This is from a review of the text of 121. Am not associated with socialist. Now don’t be fooled…121 is not going to
    give a easy form of governance on a silver platter. Its means more work for voters,
    candidates and political parties. Enoe, thanks for your views and concerns.

    1. EnoeVarela says:

      NO ON 121
       Voters already have to do a lot of work to figure out who is the best candidate to vote for,  Prop 121 in NOT a positive gain for all voters.
      NO ON 121!!!!

Prop 121 faces broad, bipartisan rejection