Closed primaries limit voters' choices [Letter]

June 27, 2014

Now that the 2014 primary election is history, it might be time for Maryland to examine the idea of moving to an open, semi-open, or semi-closed primary.

My wife and I are registered independents because we like to vote for candidates rather that just the party line. But we feel left out in Maryland's closed primaries.

Some of the people who won weren't people we would have voted for, so in the general election we will probably vote for someone in a different party instead of the way we would normally vote. Sometimes we actually end up voting in hopes of defeating a particular candidate rather than of electing someone we would like to represent us.

Changing the way primary elections are held might also bring out more voters. As Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown was quoted as saying this week, "it's about where we are going. It's about what next."

He's right. It's about us going elsewhere.

David Gosey, Towson

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