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Analysis: Lawmakers back elections shift

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By Melinda Deslatte • The Associated Press • May 10, 2010


BATON ROUGE — Quietly and speedily moving through the Louisiana Legislature is a bill that would upend the state’s congressional election system. And the bill just might become law.

The proposal’s ease of passage so far has surprised even lawmakers, who expected more opposition among their own ranks to the notion of returning to an “open primary” system — particularly since Louisiana only switched to a congressional “closed primary” two years ago.

An open primary allows all candidates, regardless of party, to run against each other on the same primary ballot. […]

The bill by Rep. Hunter Greene, R-Baton Rouge, would do away with Democratic and Republican primaries starting in 2012 and run congressional elections in the same manner as state and local elections. All candidates for Congress would run against each other in November, with the top two vote-getters in a December runoff if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote.

Read more at The Shreveport Times.


Written by demon53

May 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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