Alaska showed how to achieve sensible electoral reform | Customer reviews


The Gem State had an open primary system prior to 2012. When primary elections were held, voters simply requested a ballot for the party of their choice — Republican, Democrat, whatever — and then voted among the candidates on that ballot. It worked well, but not to the satisfaction of radical right-wing Republicans who wanted to tip the scales in favor of the ultra-conservative candidates.

The GOP managed to close its primary to all but declared Republicans in 2012 for the sole purpose of purging more moderate and pragmatic candidates from its ranks and that is exactly what happened. Since Idaho is one of the reddest states in the country, the winner of the Republican primary is usually the person who will prevail in the general election. Extremists need only muster their strength in the primaries to elect those who represent their distorted views.

We must understand that the success of their plan depended on strictly limiting the number of Idahoans allowed to choose who represents them in government. Idaho’s experience under the closed primary system is similar to that revealed by the daughter-in-law of Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch. Kathryn Murdoch, a proponent of admitting more voters into the candidate selection process, points out that in 2020 only 10% of Americans actually elected 83% of the US House of Representatives. United. Idaho’s newly elected GOP leadership wants to further restrict the selection of Idaho officials to a select group of hardline Republican officials, excluding the vast majority of Idaho voters from the process.


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