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No election system is an island – why more states must eliminate partisan primaries

Dr. Richard Barton, UA Democracy Fellow, writes about the need for election reform

Richard Barton
August 1, 2023

In a recent article published in The Fulcrum, Dr. Richard Barton writes about the Primary Problem and the need for election reform.

In the article he writes, "Mainstream consensus is growing that partisan primaries are one of the main causes of government dysfunction. They disenfranchise voters, promote division and gridlock legislatures. Recognizing this primary problem, Alaska, California, Louisiana and Washington state have eliminated partisan primaries. While each state’s system is slightly different, the evidence so far suggests nonpartisan primaries are decreasing polarization and improving governance."

Read the full commentary here.