Independent Voter Project

Battleground State May Enact Nonpartisan Elections

Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul has introduced new legislation that would implement a nonpartisan, top-two primary similar to California’s new election system passed in 2010 under Proposition 14 (authored by the Independent Voter Project, a co-publisher of IVN). Rasoul argues that the statewide reform will bring fairer and more efficient elections to Virginia.

To recap, under the nonpartisan election model, all candidates and voters (regardless of party affiliation) participate on a single ballot in all statewide primary elections (minus the presidential race). The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, move on to the general election in November. Advocates say nonpartisan elections create greater accountability among lawmakers at the state and federal levels.

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