Poll Question: Traditional Primaries vs. Wide-Open Elections

Many candidates on the General Election ballot in Sheridan County are running unopposed.
Many candidates on the General Election ballot in Sheridan County are running unopposed.

In a June 9, 2010 New York Times article by Jesse McKinley, he wrote about the message Californians sent when they voted to "radically rejigger elections in the nation's most populous state. Under Proposition 14," McKinley wrote, "traditional party primaries will be replaced in 2011 with wide-open elections. The top two vote-getters -- whatever their party, or if they have no party at all -- will face off in the General Election" next year.

In Sheridan County, as a result of the Primary Election in August, many of the seats now have candidates running unopposed in the General Election, mostly because only Republicans ran for many of the open seats and the winner was the person who had the most votes. Those include the Sheridan County Assessor, Sheridan County Coroner, Sheridan County Clerk, and several of the Sheridan delegation to the Wyoming State Legislature.

McKinley's article states that "supporters argue that without parties picking candidates for the General Election, Moderates and Independents will move to the fore, and voters will pay more attention to the electoral process. Critics of the measure say it will give a huge advantage to candidates who have the most money or the widest name recognition."

The issue prompted this week's Bank of Sheridan / sheridanmedia.com poll question: “Should the law be changed so the top two candidates in the Primary Election run against each other in the General Election?"

Let us know what you think. Cast your vote here: http://www.sheridanmedia.com/pol... and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in this Friday at 9:10 a.m. to NewsTalk 930 KROE to hear the results, on the Jackson Electric Open Line.

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