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Re: Open Primary Election on AVTS

I guess my point is that you've got alot of types of primaries.  The "open" in California meant that everyone, all voters from all parties, got to vote a single ballot and vote for whom they wanted.  The top vote getter from each party went to the general.  One of the key questions becomes "when is the point" of declaration?  When does the voter declare their party?   In California this coming year, voters can be a "decline to state" and declare which party ballot they want to be given, at the polling place.  This is a closed primary this time, but with the ability to declare your party on election day by being a "decline to state voter".  The point is - do you specify in GEMS that the election is a "primary" or "general".  There are several types of "open"  and "closed" primaries based on voter party declaration. 
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Clark
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2001 4:54 PM
Subject: RE: Open Primary Election on AVTS

An open primary, using the parlance of this discussion, is when a voter gets to pick the party at the point of voting the ballot.  On paper this means all parties are printed on the same ballot.  On plastic, it means the voter picks their party on a party selection screen.
This is opposed to the voter telling the poll worker their party (or visa-versa), which is a closed primary.
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of Steve Knecht
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2001 4:46 PM
To: support@gesn.com
Subject: Re: Open Primary Election on AVTS

Isn't an open primary effectively a General election where the "winner" is the top person from each party in a race?
----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff Hintz
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 7:41 PM
Subject: Open Primary Election on AVTS

Within our current GEMS 1.17.11 and AVTS, we do not support an Open Primary Election on the AVTS systems.  I am currently here in Huntsville, AL and doing testing with PSINet, where we have encountered this problem.  In order to certify, we need to show the ability to do an Open Primary Election on the AVTS system.  Is this going to be supported in the new R-6 system???
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