Ore. voters get chance to ditch partisan primary

Ore. voters get chance to ditch partisan primary

Ore. voters get chance to ditch partisan primary

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by Associated Press and KGW Staff

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 2:08 PM

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon voters will get to decide in November whether to ditch Oregon's partisan primary elections.

State elections officials on Tuesday certified a ballot measure that would create a top-two primary system.

All candidates would appear on the ballot and all registered voters would be eligible to participate. The top two candidates, regardless of their party affiliation, would advance to the general election.

As of June, about 1.5 million Oregonians were registered as either Democrat or Republican, according to the Secretary of State's office. Some 500,000 were registered as non-affiliated and 100,000 as the Independent party.

The secretary of state's office says the ballot measure's proponents submitted nearly 92,000 valid signatures - about 4,500 more than they needed.

Proponents say the system would allow unaffiliated voters to participate in primaries and has the potential to tamp down on partisanship.

Critics say the system could lead to two candidates from the same party.

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