With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, campaigns across the country are ramping up their activities the best they can in the final eight weeks of a pandemic-affected election. This includes several campaigns that look to expand the historic momentum behind nonpartisan election reform.
Open Primaries hosted the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers’ second Spotlight of the year, which highlighted 9 reform efforts happening right now to ensure all voters have an equal and meaningful vote throughout the entire electoral process -- including primary elections, which are often the most critical stage.
Nearly 200 people tuned into the event, which NANR representatives said was organized to better inform reform practitioners, legislators, and members of the press in attendance of the growing and historic movements for nonpartisan reforms across the country.
Open Primaries President John Opdycke emceed the event along with civil right leader Rev. Darryl Gray, who serves as the chair of the Progressive Caucus of the Missouri Democratic Party (as well as the secretary of the party) and is a former Kansas state senator. Gray was one of the earliest endorsers of Proposition D in St. Louis, Missouri, a referendum that would combine nonpartisan open primaries with approval voting.
“When I was approached with this, like a lot of people, I was a bit hesitant. I grew up in a two-party system -- you're either a Republican or a Democrat or you’re nothing,” said Gray.