Waynesboro woman sponsors open primary ballot initiative

A Waynesboro woman has sponsored a ballot initiative to make Mississippi’s primary elections open primaries.

Initiative 57 would change Mississippi’s current hybrid primary system, that is not really an open or closed system, into an open primary system. This mean voters would not have to declare their party affiliation to vote in a primary election.

“This will allow Republican, Democrat and Independent voters to select the candidate they believe is best for each race without being excluded the opportunity to vote due to their political party affiliation,” the initiative reads. “Each voter is then given the power to show that their vote counts regardless of their political party but their morals, values and beliefs will be heard. Having an open primary will also encourage more people to show up on election day.”