We want to congratulate the Journal for supporting open primaries. This is truly a non-partisan issue critical to enfranchising all voters.
Forty-five percent of Americans are not registered with a major party, 25 percent of New Mexicans are not and over 60 percent of registered voters under 30 are registered as independents. Insisting that New Mexicans have to a join a party to vote is unfair and violates the New Mexico Constitution.
Both major parties stand to gain much by supporting open primaries. By demonstrating that their beliefs and values can attract votes from independents, they will become stronger.
Rep. Moe Maestas filed HJR 12 on Jan. 21, a constitutional amendment that would ensure that everyone has access to all public elections.