Open elections initiative appears headed to ballot

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A campaign to put an election reform initiative on the November ballot has turned a corner.

Leaders of the Open Elections Open Government movement announced Monday they have signatures of more than 280,000 Arizona voters, more than the minimum number of signatures required to place the measure on the ballot.

The act will "eliminate the current partisan primary elections in Arizona in which only a limited number of voters now participate and are only permitted to cast ballots for the partisan candidates from one party," according to the group's website.

In its place would be a primary election open to all voters and all candidates. The top two candidates from that election, regardless of political party, will then face off in the November election.

"Since launching our petition drive last fall, we have heard from voters all across Arizona who are simply tired of our current election process that seems to yield little these days beyond partisan sniping and gridlock," said Paul Johnson, co-chairman of the Open Government Committee, the group leading the effort for the initiative.

The campaign needed at least 259,213 valid signatures of Arizona voters by July 5.

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