TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 30, 2014

Two think tanks and a group of bipartisan politicians have separately stated that a national primary day is the cure for the polarized politics afflicting the country. According to Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow of governance studies at the left-leaning Brookings Institution, part of the answer to reversing polarization is getting more people to vote. Less than 50 percent of the population votes in presidential races, and it is even lower for congressional elections and primaries. A separate report released in late June by a group including three former senators and a former governor in conjunction with the think tank Bipartisan Policy Center also touted the benefit of a national primary day in order to reduce confusion across the country. The Commercial Appeal has more.