The open primary idea proposed in the editorial in this newspaper on October 25 is a Band-Aid that doesn’t address the problems that are pushing moderate candidates off the ballot.

If this scheme were enacted and only the top 2 vote-getters from an open primary were put on the general election ballot, the result could be as described in the editorial example where our only choices would be Kelli Ward and Jeff Flake. If this happened I would be disenfranchised. I would have the choice of either voting for someone I almost totally disagree with or of forfeiting my right and not voting at all.

The election process should not be based on what seems to me to be a convoluted scheme to try to manipulate voters to behave in a certain way. The general election ballot should never contain candidates from only one party unless nobody else chose to run. I think the open primary takes away our choices, and gives an unfair advantage to the majority party. I think that could discourage voting, undermine confidence in our democracy, and have other unintended consequences.

If there are problems, then the problems should be fixed, not circumvented.

LIN ROWLAND

Flagstaff

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