Our open primaries bill sponsored by Rep. Daymon Ely and expertly supported by Reps. Natalie Figueroa and Joy Garrett, as well as our Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, has made it through two committees. This is further than it has ever gone!
Next is House Judiciary, which will be tough but possible. We think if we can get it through Judiciary that it will pass the full House and stands a good shot in the Senate. We are very excited that Chairwoman of Judiciary, Rep. Gail Chasey, voted for HB93 in the House Elections committee. This is the first time she has voted for an open primaries bill.
So far, no Republicans have voted for the bill, so if you have contacts with them, that would be really important. Also, three Democrats on House Judiciary have voted against the bill in previous sessions-Reps Mathew McQueen, Eliseo Alcon and Speaker Brian Egolf.
HB93 is not yet scheduled, but should be heard very soon. We will email you again as soon as we are made aware of the hearing in hope that you will attend and raise your hand in support. Your live presence is an important element of this process.
PLEASE CALL, WRITE AND SHOW UP in committee when it is scheduled! It will make a big difference when our legislators hear from regular voters and not lobbyists! Reach out now!
Here is the information on the House Judiciary Committee - follow the links for their contact information:
|Representative||Daymon Ely||23||D||Vice Chair|
|Representative||Eliseo Lee Alcon||6||D||Member|
|Representative||Deborah A. Armstrong||17||D||Member|
|Representative||Micaela Lara Cadena||33||D||Member|
|Representative||Zachary J. Cook||56||R||Member|
|Representative||William "Bill" R. Rehm||31||R||Member|
|Representative||James G. Townsend||54||R||Member|
Remember, 41 states already have open primaries. Let’s not be the last to adopt this important voter engagement tool. More voters mean a stronger mandate and a more accountable government listening to everyone.
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