The Oregon Democratic Party won’t allow non-affiliated voters to take part in its 2018 primary. At a party meeting in Portland on Sunday, a resolution to open the Democratic primary did not get the two-thirds majority needed to pass. The idea was to increase votes for Democratic candidates next year.
As it is now, only registered Democrats can participate in the party’s primary.
Party spokeswoman Molly Woon said the central committee took up two other resolutions that did pass. One relates to state actions to fight climate change; the other calls on the Legislature to pass a publicly-funded health care system for Oregon.