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Creating open primary system in Arizona is goal of 2 proposed initiatives

Earlier this week, a citizen initiative launched to ask Arizona voters to create an open primary system by eliminating partisan primary elections.

The Make Elections Fair Committee filed paperwork on September 18 for a ballot measure that would allow anyone to vote in a primary, regardless of their party affiliation.

Another initiative, launched Friday by Better Ballot Arizona, would do the same.

Where they differ is what would happen in the general election.

Better Ballot Arizona wants to use a system where voters rank their top five candidates in order of preference.

The Make Elections Fair Committee lets the governor and state Legislature decide how many candidates would appear on general election ballots.

Backers of each initiative will need to collect about 385,000 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot.

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Ben Giles is a senior editor at KJZZ.