Effectuating Political Change Through Election Formatting: A Study of the Top Two Primary System

Bendetson, Michael Novick


  • In an attempt to curb the polarization of national politics, several states have adopted the new top two primary system to select their federal representatives and senators. The electoral format permits all voters the opportunity to participate in one primary with all the candidates listed on a single ballot irrespective of party. The two candidates that receive the most votes are the "top two" an... read more
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