"Top Two" Primary System in Arizona: Yay or Nay?

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If the signatures check out, Arizona voters will vote on a ballot initiative in November that would change how primary elections operate.

Instead of Republicans voting for a Republican and Democrats voting for a Democrat to appear on the general election ballot, the proposal offers for everybody to vote for anybody in a primary, and the top two vote-getters earn a spot on the general election ballot, regardless of party affiliation.

Not surprisingly, this proposal's already causing drama.

Word on the street is that the folks at the Legislature don't like this proposal too much, and had been preparing a special session to add their own proposal to the ballot, possibly to counter the "top two" idea.

That plan's since been scrapped, but not everyone's happy about that.

Either way, are you a fan of the "top two" primary?

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TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

I hate to tell you this but national news indicates that it is a nationwide problem and not just contained in Arizona, although I acknowledge that this in particular is only relevant here at this time with this open primary thing. I wish there were a way to FORCE people to research the candidates before allowing them to cast votes, and I mean REAL research, not just listening to their favorite talking heads or reading their favorite blogs that just validate their own opinions.

Ross
Ross

Which is why, Brewer tried to call a special session to come up with a watered-down proposal that might defeat the initiative?

Ross
Ross

But wouldn't it help prevent sham candidates?  If the election result had been Pearce 48, Lewis 47, and Cortes 4 -- Pearce wins under the old system.  Under the proposed system, there would be a runoff between Pearce and Lewis, and the anti-Pearce vote would consolidate to Lewis 52, Pearce 48.

Oma
Oma

Which is why I am not in favor of this proposal and will vote so accordingly.  The few reasonable people I run into on a daily basis give me hope that something like this would work as I am a huge proponent to get rid of all political parties and their PACs, lobbyists and trolls.  Then reality sits in and I have to remind myself that I"m in Arizona ...  

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

We should increase punishment and penalties for sham candidates and the people that recruit them, and madate that cases get fully investigated by outside agencies to eliminate the "Tom Horne" effect. 

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

I worry that it will cut out any chance of having a choice between two candidates with opposing views.  It's become apparent over the last decade that extremists tend to attract the most money. We could very well end up with no chance of ever having a reasonable person to vote for.

Haddie Nuff
Haddie Nuff

That's about the only legitimate thing I've seen to question this, so far anyway, but I'm not so sure we're protected against sham candidates no matter.  I have serious questions about the MCSO race right now, for example, although that may be pure paranoia on my part. Thank you for your part in the Cortes scam, BTW!  We all owe you a huge debt for that.

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