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All League members are encouraged to attend the Saturday morning Consensus Meeting on Ohio's primary election system, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Geier Room of the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.
The League uses a grassroots consensus process to develop positions that can be used to take action. A statewide League committee spent a year studying the primary election system in Ohio and looking at systems used in other states. The committee produced a study guide and consensus questions for local Leagues. During the January 21 meeting, you will learn more about primary election systems and have an opportunity to discuss and respond to the questions in small groups. The Cincinnati LWV Board will send our consensus results to the Ohio League where it will be combined with the responses from other local Leagues to determine whether there is a consensus to adopt a new state position on primary elections.
Ohio's current primary election system is a semi-closed, partisan primary, in which only party members may vote to nominate the candidates of their own party. However, any voter may affiliate with any party at the time of voting, simply by requesting that party's ballot. Turnout for primary elections is low. In years with no presidential election, it has been as low as 15% of registered voters. Read the short summary fact sheets and full study guide which includes the consensus questions with pros and cons. Come to the January 21 meeting and join other League members to learn, discuss, and help develop a League position on primary elections.
Click on the titles below to bring up the documents that can be found on the Ohio website.
Fact Sheet 1 - describes the difference between "open" and "closed" primary systems and how Ohio's system compares with other states. Fact Sheet 2 - looks at local municipal primary elections in Ohio, noting very low turnouts averaging about 16%. Fact Sheet 3 - looks at the March 2016 statewide primary, noting the number of previously independent voters choosing to declare a party in order to vote in the primary, but still with a relatively low turnout. Fact Sheet 4 - summarizes the results of questionnaire/interviews conducted with academic researchers and voting advocates across the U.S.
JANUARY STUDY PAGES - Full Study Guide: Primary Election Systems Study (23 pages)
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