Chuck Coughlin on Open Primaries, Ranked Choice Voting

Chuck Coughlin, President and CEO of Arizona’s Highground recently joined Barry Markson on the Mike Broomhead show to discuss the possibility of Arizona switching to an open primary system.

Here is that podcast:

There is a strong possibility that Arizona voters will have the opportunity to approve a major overhaul of our election system.

Coughlin is part of an effort by an organization called Save Democracy Arizona which seeks to improve choice and competition in our election system.

The 2022 election cycle showed that Republicans nominated the most extreme and unpalatable candidates in the party Primary Election. Those candidates refused to appeal to the remaining independent voters and lost their General Election contests.

The aftermath of the 2022 election is that most Arizona voters felt they had horrible choices in the General Election. In the case of Republican candidates, many center-right voters either refused to vote for the Republican candidate or cast a vote for the Democrat.

Ranked Choice Voting or an open primary change would dampen the effect of either party nominating extreme candidates.

Save Democracy Arizona is currently exploring an opportunity to put ranked choice voting or an open primary system on the 2024 General Election ballot.

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