Ousted Senator Russell Pearce (friend of Arpaio) thinks Prop 121 is un-American; Independent Conservative Candidate Mike Stauffer for Sheriff supports Prop 121by Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Oct. 09, 2012, under SAY YES TO PRP 121
Ousted Senator Russell Pearce (friend of Arpaio) thinks Prop 121 is un-American; However, independent Conservative Candidate Mike Stauffer for Maricopa County Sheriff supports Prop 121.
However, today an Independent Survey shows there is strong support for the Open Primary in Arizona. Keep in mind: Both Party bosses from the GOP and the Maricopa County Democratic Party are trying to minimize the power of the independent voter even though we (independents) are the ones who make up the 2nd largest voting bloc in our state and in our County! For the first time in Arizona history….independent voters are the 2nd largest voting bloc and we are surging due to extremism in our state.
Here is a letter from IndependentVoting.org where they give their praise to Mike Stauffer for supporting Prop 121:
June 6, 2012
I was very pleased to learn that you are a strong supporter of the Top Two Open Primary initiative, and wish you luck in your independent campaign for Maricopa County Sherriff.
As you know, Independentvoting.org is a training and strategy center for the growing independent movement, working with independents around the country in support of structural political reforms that can bring more nonpartisan governance. We have been actively supporting the Top Two Open Primary initiative organized by the Open Elections/Open Government coalition.
I recall that at the March forum of independent candidates organized by Ted Downing, a leader in the coalition organizing the Top Two initiative, you spoke about the importance of nonpartisan governance to Arizona, noting that in your 30 years in law enforcement, you have witnessed an alarming trend for political agendas to trump public safety concerns. I am pleased that your campaign is shining a light on these issues.
Director of National Organizing
Below is the Independent survey showing strong support for the Open Primary:
With early balloting beginning on 11 October, a new independent pollfinds the Arizona Top 2, Open Primary initiative likely to pass. No recent, independent polling data has been available for some time, apart from those supporting or opposing the initiative that would create a non-partisan Top-Two Open Primary.
The survey of 1,065 Arizona residents found 45% are inclined to vote for the Open Primary Initiative and 31% against it, with 9% undecided and 15% not planning to vote. Looking only at likely voters, this gives the measure a 16 point advantage with 10 % undecided.
On November 6th, Arizona voters will be deciding whether to change their election system. Under the current semi-closed primary system, partisan voters select Party candidates for the general election ballot. Since 2000, independents are permitted to vote in a party primary if and only if the parties allow them, decided for each primary, and if and only if the independent votes for only one party slate. Open Elections – Open Government advocates for Proposition 121 would institute a Constitutional amendment. All voters would vote on a single slate of candidates and the top two vote-getters would advance to the general election.
The proposed Arizona system is similar to the Top Two primary system adopted in Washington State and California and in use in Nebraska legislative elections since 1934. Local Arizona advocates for their Top Two are quick to point out that this is actually a 100 year old local system used to elect all town and municipal councils (save Tucson) and school board members. Proposition 121 merely extends this well-known system to county, legislative, state and federal elections. Presidential primaries are exempted.
The 8Sages survey conducted for 10 consecutive days ending 25 September by Dr. Leo J. Shapiro is available on www.8sages.com. Shapiro, a recovering political consultant and sophisticated survey methodologist, is recognized for carefully constructed probes designed to minimize the common flaws of polling. Proposition 121 poses a serious challenge to pollsters, as the questions must be carefully crafted to avoid bias. Advocate polls have been hesitant to release their questions and sampling methods and independent polling by the Morrison Institute is now aged.
Unlike highly biased “push polls”, this survey was designed to asked each respondent was asked to explain in their own words the reason for their vote. Specifically, the survey questions were:
In the upcoming November election, Arizona voters will be asked if they favor or oppose a different way of conducting primaryelections, called an “Open Primary Election.” In an open primary, all voters participate in the same primary, and Presidential candidates from all parties are on the same ballot. The candidate with the most votes and the candidate with the second most votes in the open primary go onto the Presidential Election ballot, even if they are from the same party.
What might be good about an open primary?
And what might not be good about an open primary?
All things considered, are you incline to vote for or against open primary elections?
Voter responses to the last question, “what is the reason you would vote (FOR/AGAINST) open primary elections”, indicates most voters believe it gives them more choice in selecting a candidate.
Dr. Shapiro survey found that those favoring the Top 2 Open Primary explained: less party affiliations (17.0%); more choice for voters (10.7%); more people could/would vote (9.6%); only the best candidates would make the ballot (4.5%) equal opportunity forcandidates (4.5%) and a number of lesser mentioned reasons.
Arizonans opposing Proposition 121 explained their votes as being concerned that only one party might be represented (13.5%); confusing/ people won’t know/may vote for the wrong party (7.9%); limits voter’s choices (5.1%); sabotages opposite parties (3.9%) and a variety of other less frequently explanations.