We need open primaries in Georgia because the elected officials are entrenched while Atlanta and D.C. could use some new blood. Evidently, protecting jobs (their jobs) is their main concern and both major political parties support the current funky system.
So, a candidate who has support from various sections of the community must first win his or her primary before advancing to the general election in November. Well, they draw this district lines in a way that favors their team—Democrats and Republicans both do it. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires preclearance of congressional and state legislature district lines in some states to improve the representation of minority voters. A strange twist is that packing Black voters into a few districts makes adjacent districts so Republican that Black voters (often Democrats) are ignored. Yes, we could have a sizeable number of Black Republicans if the crazy part of the GOP didn’t run them off.
Ask yourself: Is race, political party or regional interests most important to you when voting. Do you necessarily need a Black politician to serve your needs? Is green (money) the most important color while voting? Hey, the homeboy Bill Clinton gets a lifetime hood pass but he dam near got it revoked for taking trash about Obama during the Obama/Hillary primary battle. While I love the Obamas, Bill will always be my dude.. without regard for race, creed or national origin.
When Herman Cain was running for the U.S. Senate, everyone knew that he could have gotten a sizeable part of the Black vote in an open primary process. In an open primary, candidates run together and the top two vote-getters face off in the general election. That is similar to local elections when everyone runs for office together and a candidate wins with over 50% of the vote. If no 50%, the two top candidates meet in a runoff.
Many believe that Karen Handel would have face Nathan Deal in November if Georgia had an open primary during the last govenor’s race. She would have likely won because she would have received support from some Democrat woman. Look, the South is GOP and I get that but if given a chance, I would and have voted for the GOP candidate whose views are most similar to my moderate positions.
Bottomline: we should push for open primaries so we can vote for the best person for the job rather than the person who survives a partisan primary.