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Cook County Board pushes out open primary referendum option with Leftist advisories



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CHICAGO – The option for Cook County voters to express their views about setting up an open primary system for countywide candidates was squelched Wednesday when the Cook County Board pushed in three advisory referendum for the November 6th ballot.

Filling those three slots on the ballot denied any opportunity for Cook County GOP Chairman Sean Morrison to gather enough petition signatures to get his non-partisan election referendum before this year's General Election voters. 

Despite an announcement on the Cook County GOP website still indicating Friday morning a petition signature gathering event planned for August 6th, Morrison's staff indicated Friday morning the petition drive was "effectively cancelled."  

The overwhelming majority of Democrats that make up the Cook County Board were more inclined to ask voters' opinions about whether their municipalities should 

  • raise the minimum wage to $13 per hour
  • require employers to pay for sick time off
  • place more restrictions on the county's gun shop owners

Over 100 of the County's municipalities' councils have rejected the county's minimum wage and paid sick leave resolutions set into motion earlier this year.

The advisories are described HERE :

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The state's most-populated county will deal with those advisories on the November 6th election ballot. 


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  1. I can’t get them to enlarge for my computer.
    Thus, I can’t read them.
    What the Hell ARE those three?
    The Dems pull this crap all the time; stick three ridiculous minor issues on the ballot to crowd off any legitimate ones.

  2. Illinois already has open primaries. When I took a college political science class, “State and Local Governments,” I learned that there are three main types of primaries, closed, open, and wide-open. If a state has closed primaries, each voter must declare a party when he or she registers to vote. During a primary, that voter may only receive a ballot from that party. If a state has open primaries, no voter is required to declare a party, when he or she registers to vote. During a primary, each of those voters may receive a republican ballot or a democrat ballot, whichever one he or she chooses, for that primary. If a state has wide-open primaries, each voter receives a large ballot that includes names of candidates from every party. According to these definitions, Illinois has open primaries. I’ve lived in Nevada (which has closed primaries), Illinois (which has open primaries), and California (which has wide-open primaries).