North Carolina may be jumping on the “Top-Two” train. A House Bill introduced this week, H.B. 737, would reform the current Partisan Open Primary system to a Nonpartisan, Top-Two Primary similar to the systems already in place in California and Washington State.
H.B. 737 was introduced by State Reps. Ken Goodman (D-Rockingham) and Pricey Harrison (D-Greensboro). It would put all State and Congressional Elections on a Single Primary Ballot where all Voters and Candidates, regardless of Party Affiliation, participate.
In the Current system, any eligible Voter may vote in any Party’s Primary Election, but each Party has a separate Partisan Primary Election.
The new Bill still allows for Write-In Candidates in the General Election. However, if a Candidate is on the Ballot in the Primary, they cannot be a Write-In Candidate in November.
In regards to Vacancies, Parties or Committees are currently given the Jurisdiction to choose a Replacement without a Vote. H.B. 737 would require the Governor to hold an Election to fill the Seat or Office.
I would replace Top-Two to a Ranked-Choice Voting system. There also should be multiple Nonpartisan Ballots. For Party Members, the Ballot should include the Candidates for Party Elections: County Committee, State Committee, Executive Committee, and Presidential Electors. The other Ballots is for all Nonmembers of the Party.
CLICK HERE to read the 19 pages of the Bill.
NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker