We agree. Because an equal vote will do a very good job in the first pass at producing viable winners, we think it would make a lot of sense to shorten the general election season by moving the primary much closer to the November general election date. For example, were the first vote to happen in early September, all candidates would have the warm summer months to connect with voters at the various fairs, parades and celebrations around the state before the first vote.
The Oregon Open Primary reform makes no policy at all regarding the date of the primary. We expect that the Legislature can easily take up this discussion if it should become law.