Argument: Open primaries increase bipartisanship/productivity in govt

Issue Report: Open primaries


Joe Kerr, president of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association – one of the few unions to back Prop. 14 in California supporting Open Primaries: “Our primary reason for supporting it is to create a less hostile environment in Sacramento and get some work done.”[1]

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said at a June 2010 news conference in Los Angeles after the state passed proposition 14 establishing an Open Primary election system in the state: “We in California have said we’ve got to come to the center, we’ve got to bring everyone together in order to solve problems. And I think the rest of the nation eventually will find out this is exactly where the action is.”[2]