In an unsigned editorial in The Daily Advertiser, a Lafayette, Louisiana, based newspaper, yesterday comments onthe current movement back towards “open primaries” or “top two primaries” in Louisiana.
The first and loudest objection will be the one we cited earlier: Open primaries let everyone vote for anyone they want. But it’s important to remember that primaries are creatures of political parties, and their purpose is to choose political party nominees. In that sense, Louisiana didn’t really open the primaries. It abolished them.If allowing any registered voter to vote for any primary candidate was the goal, doing away with party registration and allowing everyone to request the ballot he or she wants to vote would have done the trick. If economizing on elections was the goal, well, Stalin and Hitler figured out startlingly effective ways to save on ballots.
The editorial serves as a good comparison between a state that is moving towards a Top Two system that has never used it, and a state that is considering going back to the system after having it for several decades. The editorial could just as easily have been written in California and seems to speak to the same concerns that many have about Proposition 14 in California.