StopTopTwo.Org and Ralph Nader Release Statements on the Passing of Proposition 14
Sacramento, June 9, 2010 – StopTopTwo.Org and Ralph Nader released statements today regarding the passing of Proposition 14, the Top Two Primaries Act. Proposition 14 was largely funded by corporations to restrict California’s ballot access laws and voter rights.
“Throughout the primary election season, Prop 14 supporters hammered voters with deceptive and hypocritical messages – from false claims about how the measure would cure all of Sacramento’s ills to the misleading ballot language itself,” stated Christina Tobin, chair of StopTopTwo.Org. “Big business and big government won yesterday. If StopTopTwo.Org had half the funding that Schwarzenegger’s group had, we would have been better equipped to spread the truth and would have won by a very wide margin. Simply put, voters were tricked into supporting this terrible measure by corrupt politicians and big business interests.”
Groups across the political landscape – from tea parties to labor unions to independents – opposed the anti-democratic measure because it will limit their November ballot choices to only two candidates. All six qualified parties in California opposed the measure.
Ralph Nader commented: “The California Chamber of Commerce and other corporate interests have deceived enough voters in California to abolish the November elections for all but the two major parties. This is the latest manifestation of the business lobby’s antagonism to the core event of a democratic society – the November elections. What is next for their corporatist agenda against American democracy? ”
This attack on democracy and choice has been questioned on its constitutionality, and The Free and Equal Elections Foundation plans to file a lawsuit in the coming weeks.