That party leaders in five states opened their doors in 2016 without national pressure is a sign that things are moving in a positive direction. The reform movement has grown since 2016, when “the system is rigged” became part of the national conversation. Open primaries activists in Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, Arkansas, New Mexico, Missouri and other states are applying pressure at the grassroots.
There is momentum and opportunity but the window to impact on 2020 will soon close. The parties adopt their presidential primary rules next summer. The time to impact is now.