“The real obstacle to voter turnout in Democratic primaries: caucuses”

Jeff Stein for Vox:

Bernie Sanders wants to transform how the Democratic Party chooses its presidential nominee.

To do so, Sanders has made abolishing the closed primary — which prevents independents from voting — one of his top demands of Democratic officials, arguing that the party needs to “open the doors to working people, to senior citizens, to young people.”

Expanding voter participation is indeed a noble goal. But if Sanders really wants the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries to be more representative of the public, he should forget the closed primary and go after a much better target: the caucus.


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