The chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee said she “absolutely” believes the “party’s nominee should be chosen by someone registered with that party,” a statement which could further alienate independents who have tried to participate in the 2016 presidential election.
On the Bloomberg Politics show, “With All Due Respect,” Debbie Wasserman Schultzdeclared, “We should not have independents or Republicans playing games.”
When asked if that means she is opposed to the concept of open primaries, which allow citizens to vote in primaries regardless of their party affiliation, the chairwoman asserted the Party’s nominees “should be chosen by members of that party.” She claimed she did not want to do away with open primaries, but she does not want to see states with closed primaries move to open primary systems.
It is estimated three million registered voters—about 27 percent of voters—were disenfranchised in New York because of the state’s closed primary system. Independents had to declare their party affiliation by October 19 if they wanted to vote in the Democratic primary. The closed primary system was a source of outrage, which led to a lawsuit which was recently thrown out by a judge.
After a significant loss in New York, Sanders blasted the closed primary in New York, “You’re paying for this election. It’s administered by the state. You have a right to vote. And that’s a very unfortunate thing, which I hope will change in the future.”
Rhode Island had a semi-closed primary on April 26, and unlike four of the other primaries held that day, independents were allowed to vote in the Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton’s campaign did not hide its trepidation over the fact that independents could vote in the primary.
Nick Black, state director for the Clinton campaign, told The Providence Journal, “We knew it would be tough in terms of demographics; the secretary had greater success in larger, more diverse states,” and “it’s always tough when you have an open primary.”
In January, Gallup reported the number of Americans, who affiliate as Democrats or Republicans, were near “historic lows.” The number of people, who describe themselves as independents, has risen sharply to four out of ten Americans during the last five years.
Fewer and fewer Americans are willing to support the two-party system. In September, Gallup also released a poll that showed 60 percent say a major third party is needed for “adequate representation.” Seventy-eight percent of independents said there should be a major third party.
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