What We Do

Less than half of all young voters believe that political parties make them feel stronger in elections anymore and well over half of young voters are registered independent. We need open primaries that let all voters vote and Millenials and Gen Zers are the key.  

The mission of Students for Open Primaries is to educate young people about primary elections and organize student leaders in every state to speak out for democratic reform. Read on to learn more about our programs.

Through our commitment to educating young Americans nationwide on open primaries, we have developed a curriculum divided into three lessons. The curriculum will cover important topics regarding organizing others for non-partisan reform; from what Open Primaries are, to how you can join the fight.  After participating in our comprehensive curriculum, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in the field. We will work with you to help organize other young people in your community and your state and help you find an open primaries campaign to support. 

We at Students for Open Primaries are committed to equipping students with the knowledge they need to bring election reform in their state and support others working for the same goal.

We are in the process of developing a curriculum and offering a live zoom lesson series about open primaries and we will update everyone via social media and on our volunteer community when we are offering them, check out a ‘sneak peak’ of some of the lessons we will offer when ready:

Lesson 1: What are open primaries?

In this lesson, we give the rundown all about America’s primary systems and the different types of primaries there are, including open primaries, and which states use them. We dive into the history, the benefits, and the drawbacks of open primaries in particular; by the end of the lesson, you’ll be a primary prodigy!

Lesson 2: What is fighting for open primaries like?

In this lesson, we take a look at the 2020 campaign for top-two open primaries in Florida. We explain how the initiative got on the ballot and the key events of the campaign alongside the people that made it possible, and we dive into why an amendment with 57% of the votes didn’t get passed.

Lesson 3: How can I fight for open primaries?

In this lesson, we talk about how you can create nonpartisan change for open primaries in your state! We talk about how to be an advocate for open primaries, from getting on the ballot to creating social media campaigns.