The Primary Election Systems Study has concluded and LWV Ohio has a new position
Thanks to hard work from our study committee and Leagues across the state, LWVO has reached consensus on a new Primary Elections System position! See the full announcement here.
LWV Ohio Primary Election Systems (PES) Study – Study Guide & Consensus Questions 
At the 2015 LWV Ohio convention, delegates approved a study of primary election systems. The PES Study Committee has been hard at work for the last year, and the LWVO Board wishes to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to examining this timely issue.
The PES Study Committee and LWVO Board are pleased to present you with this Study Guide & Consensus Questions for local Leagues to consider primary election systems and submit their responses.
Leagues’ responses to the consensus questions are due no later than January 31, 2017. Leagues are asked to submit their responses using this online consensus question response form: Here is a printable pdf version of the questions for use during your meetings or to send in if you are unable to use the electronic form.
The PES Study Committee’s four fact sheets printed in the Voter newsletter over the last year. Following are the links to the fact sheets:


Additional Resources

The Primary Election Systems (PES) Study Committee has prepared some additional materials for your membership to consider before your consensus meeting.  They include:

1. Three "white papers" summarizing their research - Ohio municipal primaries survey & an addendum related to municipalities with ranked choice votingOhio statewide primaries survey, and interviews of experts and other state Leagues. Please note that the sample size in these surveys was not large enough to produce statistically valid generalizations, although they may be used for informational purposes.

2. A sample Power Point presentation of the Pros & Cons. You can also download the presentation in PDF here.   

3. A write-up of the Hot Topics talk by Professor Vladimir Kogan of OSU, presented in Cleveland on November 19. 

LWV Greater Cleveland held its consensus meeting on Dec. 3rd and has generously offered that members of the PES committee would be willing (on a mutually agreeable date) to visit nearby Leagues who may wish to have more extensive help with presenting the material for their consensus process. If your League would like this assistance, please contact PES co-chair Lynda Mayer (email:, phone: 216-371-5532) to make arrangements.