Candidates’ identities will be in question in ‘jungle primary’
Published: October 26, 2012 at 10:10 am
I plan to vote against Proposition 121 because I won’t know the true identity of the candidates.
The proposition is called the Open Elections/Open Government initiative, but it looks like a plan to create a grab bag of candidates who can claim to be Republicans, Democrats or third-party candidates without the usual guidelines provided by political parties.
Under the proposed one primary scheme, all candidates would run as a long list of self-identified party loyalists. The initiative prohibits traditional party primaries or any action by parties to select or vet candidates.
How can I possibly know if a candidate who claims to be a Republican or a Democrat or a third party candidate is telling the truth? How can I check their credentials without political parties to help me sort out the facts?
Supporters of Proposition 121 say the initiative will increase voter turnout by eliminating party primaries. I disagree. I think voters will be so confused about the identity of the candidates that they will throw up their hands in frustration and stay home.
Proposition 121 is not a step forward in our candidate selection process. It is a setback. Voters should reject it.
— Ronald Ludders, Phoenix