Voter group disapproves of Utah’s closed primary elections

When it comes to politics, 54 percent of Utahns call themselves Independents. But Nancy Ross, national director for Independent, says the state of Utah is anything but Independent. She says four years ago 93 percent of the people voted for Mitt Romney. On KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday, Ross said there is only a place for Republicans and Democrats on most ballots. “We’re asking Congress to investigate the way that a third in Utah, half of the population, is locked out for closed primaries for example,” Ross said. “Independents can’t vote for the primaries in Utah and 19 states. “Even in some of these open primary states Independents have to choose a Democratic or Republican ballot. Many Independents would prefer the system that was passed in Washington state and California.” Ross says the Washington state system is called the Top Two System and voters go to the polls and vote for any candidates, regardless of affiliation. The top two vote-getters then go on to the general election. Ross says her organization is doing all it can to make elections less partisan.

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