Arizona Must Say No To Top Two

By Elisha Dorfsmith

I have written several articles on my blog over the past couple years explaining how Top Two will be a nightmare for Arizona and how we must defeat it if it makes it’s way to the ballot.

Well, here we are, Top Two has cleared the hurdles and will be on the ballot in November. Time to step up and aggressively start fighting this monster.

I strongly encourage my readers to check out and share with every voter you know in Arizona. There is a lot of false information out there and many people actually think Top Two will lead to more voter choice. It’s up to us to educate people with the facts.

Click HERE for an overview of Top Two. A couple key points to keep in mind:

Voter Turnout

The facts speak for themselves – states that have moved to this system are seeing less voter engagement, not more. Perhaps that is because they realize that under Top Two, their vote has been hijacked by whoever can best work the system, not represent the values of the community.

For instance, California experienced the second lowest voter turnout in the last 100 years in June 2012 after moving to Top Two – a mere 31% of voters turned out.

Third Party Candidates

An analysis of states that have moved to Top Two confirms many voters’ fears: Independent and third party candidates never have a shot at winning. While proponents of Top Two claim it will diminish the power of the parties, in reality, it only diminishes the influence of the voters.

As the analysis states “All 81 instances at which minor party candidates have run for federal or state office in “top-two” election systems… in no case did any of these minor party candidates ever place first or second.”

For further reading see:

Top Two Proves To Be A Disaster In California

  1. October 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I know this web page gives quality dependent articles
    and other stuff, is there any other website which provides such information
    in quality?

  2. Nancy
    October 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Have you seen the latest polling on this?:

    Oct. 4-11, 2011 Morrison Institute for Public Policy (favor) 58% (oppose) 33% (undecided) 9% (# polled) 600,_Proposition_121_(2012)#Polls

    The survey of 1,065 Arizona residents found 45% are inclined to vote for the open primary initiative and 31% against it, with 9% undecided and 15% not planning to vote. Looking only at likely voters, this gives the measure a 16 point advantage with 10% undecided.

    The 8Sages survey conducted for 10 consecutive days ending 25 September.

    Internal polling for the Open Elections Open Government Campaign shows that Prop 121 is leading 55% to 30% after ballot language and pro and con arguments are read to a 600 statewide sample of likely November voters.

    The study was conducted between September 11 and 16, 2012. The survey had a 4.1% margin of error.

    Of course our local statist rag endorsed it today:


    Unbelievable. It’s like the Goldwater Institute said, “Good thing for its backers there’s not a law requiring truth in political advertising.”

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
    –H. L. Mencken

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