Apr 14, 2010 6:34 PM by Melissa Canone

House Backs Return to Open Primaries

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House wants to return to
an "open primary" system for congressional elections.
The bill approved 72-26 by the House would do away with
Democratic and Republican primaries and let all candidates for
Congress run against each other, with the top two vote-getters
advancing to a runoff.
Currently, voters cast ballots in Republican and Democratic
primaries, a party primary runoff if needed and then a November
general election, to select their congressmen and U.S. senators.
Republican Rep. Hunter Greene, from Baton Rouge, says doing away
with that system would be cheaper, saving the state more than $6
million every two years.
Opponents argue the change would diminish the seniority of
Louisiana's members of Congress because some would be elected in
December, a month later than in many other states.


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