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Adopting a "top two" primary election system such as California's in all fifty states would allow voters to vote on the individual and not the party it is affiliated with, this would allow real problems to have new solutions from candidates, not requiring them to believe one way or another because they are a part of a certain party. This system would evolve into a better problem solving system than the tug-of-war system we have now. Candidates would have to appeal to all voters not just ones associated with their respective parties.
Yes, I think it is time that we stopped looking at the party affiliations and voted instead for the candidate. By going to a "top two" primary election system, the top two candidates with the most votes in the primary election, regardless of the political party each belongs to, would go on to the General election. I believe it is time to look at the end of "parties" and vote for the individual instead.
Having a open primary that can produce 2 candidates from the same party is a good start towards eliminating the party system that George Washington(our only independent president) warned us about. The more we take the aspect of parties out of the equation, the more we start looking at a persons character and merit, and what they might really do for us behind party line politics.
A top-two primary, also known as a blanket primary or jungle primary, is a type of primary election that occurs before the general election. In a top-two primary voters will choose candidates for each office without the association to a party. So the candidates with the highest votes, by party & for each office, advance to the general election, as the respective party's nominee. Thus voters can choose a Republican candidate for one office and a Democratic candidate for another office. This system shouldn't be adopted in any state because it may further exacerbate the phenomena we know as "Majority tyranny over the minority."
Having a top two election doesn't do much in the long term in the way of elections, since the process only serves to produce distractions and redundancies. Having a top two primary would only serve to further divide parties ideologically, and, eventually, isolate (or even do away with) the moderates.