Arizona's Democrat and Republican Parties Should Open Their Presidential Primaries to Independents


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Ms. Alexis Tameron and Mr. Robert Graham,

We write to you as the Democratic and Republican Party Chairs, respectively, of our state.

We, the undersigned, are Arizona voters concerned about the process in which our Presidential Primaries will be held on March 22, 2016. The election of the next President of the United States is the most important exercise of democracy in our nation.

Independent voters from across the state desire to be fully included in this process. However, currently in Arizona, independents are barred from participating in the Presidential Primaries.

Unlike our state primaries, where as a result of voter initiative, independents are permitted to request a party ballot and thereby vote, the Democratic and Republican parties of Arizona have decided to close the Presidential Primary to the 37% of Arizona voters who are independents. The net effect is that over 1,191,000 voters and 50% of Hispanic voters in our state will be denied a voice in this election.

It is our strong belief that no Arizona voter should be forced to join a political party in order to be able to vote. In many states around the country, independents are welcomed into the Presidential Primary process.

We write today to request that you open the Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries in Arizona to the largest and fastest growing community of voters in our state - independents.

You have the power to do so. You can act to realize the full democratic participation of all Arizonans.


Sincerely,

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