Top 2 Primary System
For those voters worried about the partisan bickering that often accompanies an election, there's a partial solution: end the partisan primaries.
Instead, the state could consider switching to a "Top 2" primary election, as the states of Washington and California have done.
"Top 2" states eliminate the Republican and Democratic primaries in which the winner of each competes in November. Instead, the top two primary vote getters, irrespective of party affiliation, square off in the general election.
California adopted a "Top 2" primary measure through a statewide ballot in June of 2010. It went into effect with the June 2012 run-off election to select candidates for Congress and various state-level positions. It does not apply to presidential elections.
The state of Washington has been using a "Top 2" system since 2004. It was upheld as legal by the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2008.
Should NH abolish partisan primaries and adopt the "Top 2" primary system?
There have been no recent bills related to a "Top 2" primary in New Hampshire.
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