Sean Bracken's May 28 letter "Let Independents Vote in Pa. Primaries" needs to be placed in perspective. In the early 20th century there emerged a Progressive movement. Among the many Progressive concerns was voter reform. Candidates who appeared on the ballot in the general election were placed there because they were chosen by party "bosses."
The Progressives wanted the registered members of their respective parties to have an opportunity to select who would best represent the party in the general elections. This ultimately led to the creation of primary elections. No longer could the party "bosses" choose the candidate for the general election. The registered Republicans and registered Democrats would vote in the spring primary election for the candidate who they felt best represented their interest in the fall general election.
What Mr. Bracken fails to understand is the primary election is the individual party's mechanism to select candidates for the general election.
Unfortunately, over the past several decades individual states have made a mockery of the primary's original intent. Some states now have open primaries. This means that all registered voters can vote for any candidate on the ballot. This opens the opportunity for Republicans to vote for weak Democratic candidates (and visa versa) to enhance the chances of their party's candidate in the general election.
If we are looking for improvements in the voting process, we need to attack the money that is spent in elections. The Citizen United decision has laid the foundation for our democracy to become a plutocracy.
CHARLES M. QUINN