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Nonpartisan Primaries


Currently, by design, most primary elections are closed to all voters not registered with one of the two major parties, effectively silencing their voices at the very beginning of an election cycle. Open primaries to all parties, without favor, could cultivate a political landscape in which candidates will find themselves accountable to the entire electorate, regardless of party affiliation. At present, nearly 50% of voters in Colorado are registered independents. Nonpartisan primaries would engage every voter in the state.