Citizen panel opposes Oregon's top-two ballot measure

Citizen panel opposes Oregon's top-two ballot measure
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A panel chosen for a citizen-level review of ballot measures isn't persuaded that Oregon should ditch its partisan primaries and adopt the top-two election system used in Washington and California.

The voters on the Citizen Initiative Review panel heard arguments from both sides this week. After deliberating, they voted 14-5 to oppose Measure 90. Their findings will appear in the official voter's guide.

The measure would eliminate the current system of selecting party nominees. All voters, regardless of party, could vote in the May primary, with top two vote-getters advancing to the general election in November.

The panel found that the top-two system would increase choice for some voters in primaries but would reduce options in general elections.

State lawmakers sanctioned the citizen review process in 2011.

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