Thu, Mar 09|
What’s the Matter with Primaries? Examining Primary Turnout and Reforms
Election experts and policymakers will examine 2022 primary turnout and lessons learned from new reforms like Alaska’s top-four system.
Time & Location
Mar 09, 1:00 PM
About the event
WEBINAR AVAILABLE HERE Primary elections are viewed with a mix of concerns and optimism — some see them incentivizing extreme candidates and excluding independent voters while others see the solution to those very issues. A host of reforms have been proposed, like opening primaries up to independent voters or implementing top-two, top-four, and even top-five systems. Yet, while primaries are often among the most consequential contests in American politics, voters are largely uninterested. Primary turnout in most races is abysmally low, and in some states is trending down. Are new forms of primaries part of the prescription for what ails American politics, and what can be done about low turnout?
Join the Bipartisan Policy Center, election experts, and policymakers for a discussion examining primary turnout and reform, including new 50-state analysis of 2022 midterm primary turnout and the impact of reforms like Alaska’s new top-four system.Featured Speakers
Senator Dan Laughlin | Pennsylvania Senate District 49 (R)
Michael Thorning | Director of Structural Democracy, BPC
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins | Former Representative, Alaska House of Representatives District 35 (D)
Ryan Williamson | Resident Fellow, Governance, R Street InstituteModerator
Matt Brown | National Correspondent for Democracy, The Washington Post