Sunday, May 18, 2014

Primary Elections in California

Bottom line is, California's is now an Open Primary, the top two vote-getters, REGARDLESS OF PARTY go on to the General Election. This could mean two Democrats rather than the traditional one Democrat and one Republican. Sadly, it makes the elections more partisan, and not less. But, if there's any hope of breaking the one-party domination of California, Republican candidates need your vote.

What is a voter-nominated office? -
The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, which took effect January 1, 2011, created "voter-nominated" offices. The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committees, or local offices.

Most of the offices that were previously known as "partisan" are now known as "voter-nominated" offices. Voter-nominated offices are state constitutional offices, state legislative offices, and U.S. congressional offices. The only "partisan offices" now are the offices of U.S. President and county central committee.

All candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on one ballot and only the top two vote-getters in the primary election – regardless of party preference - move on to the general election. A write-in candidate will only move on to the general election if the candidate is one of the top two vote-getters in the primary election.