The Daily News of New York city has this editorial about the June 26 congressional primary for the Reform Party in two districts. The editorial has objective information about the small number of voters who participated. It says the state law should be changed to make it more difficult for voters to obtain a primary in which write-ins are tallied. It ignores the much better idea, which the Reform Party has been trying to publicize, that the law should be changed to let small qualified parties nominate by convention instead of primary.
That idea was endorsed in 1951 by the National Civic League, in its publication, “A Model Direct Primary Law”, authored by Professor Joseph P. Harris. At the time he was considered the nation’s leading expert on election administration. The idea has been adopted in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia (for statewide office only), Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In addition, many other states let new qualified parties nominate by convention. And Alabama, South Carolina, and Virginia let all parties, large and small alike, decide for themselves whether to nominate by primary or convention.