Arizona should consider single-ballot primaries - Tucson News Now

Arizona should consider single-ballot primaries

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new poll shows the two major political parties are failing to win the support of our young people.

According to the Gen-Forward poll, just 28 percent of young adults think Democrats and Republicans do a good job of representing the American people.

Here in Arizona, the rest of us aren't putting much confidence in them either.

Independent voters are Arizona's largest voting bloc. They make up 1.2 million people -- more than one-third of all registered voters.

That number has been growing for years. This ought to be a wake-up call for the two major parties.

But more importantly, it should be a wake-up call for how our primaries are conducted. In a few weeks, Arizonans will make the choice to vote on either a Democratic or Republican slate.

If you're an independent, you'll get to pick your ballot. But THINK ABOUT IT -- with independents as the majority in this state, isn't it time we went to a single-ballot, not divided by party?

Arizona has rejected this idea before.

It deserves another look, because I don't see a turnaround coming for party politics.

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