Laurie Roberts is often cited by our members as ‘tough but fair’ (a high compliment). Her article “Politicians want voters’ hands off their partisan primaries” (August 14, 2012) is an exception. So, why is it unfair?
First, because Ms. Roberts insinuates that the Top 2 initiative is power to the people. It is not.
Second, she seems to claim that the only reason one could oppose Top 2 is for partisan, ‘protect-the-party’ reasons. It is not.
The League of Women Voters of Arizona opposes the initiative because a change to the election system should not be better for some and worse for many others. Our group believes that aside from equality in getting ON the ballot for general elections (which should be corrected by other means), Independents can ALREADY vote in the primaries. Top-2 offers little improvements and is worse for many. It is worse for Independents (such as myself) who will never see another Independent on the general ballot, unless they are incredibly wealthy. It is worse for the major parties (depending on the district) and it is devastating to minor parties.
by: Barbara Klein
Published August 15, 2012