Category Archives: Proposition 14

New Ballot Access Law in California Keeps 4 Alternative Parties on the Ballot

From Ballot Access News:

On September 30, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2351, which makes it easier for a group to qualify as a party in California, and also makes it easier for an already-existing party to remain ballot-qualified. The old law required an already-existing party to either poll 2% for any statewide in a general election, or to have 103,004 registrants (1% of the November 2010 turnout).… Read more ...

LA Times Op-Ed Ties Voter Apathy to Limited Choice

From Ballot Access News:

The Los Angeles Times has this op-ed, published October 2, by Ted Rall. Rall has been an editorial cartoonist for many decades. His column says California and other low-turnout states will never match the higher turnout of most other democratic countries, until there are more choices on the ballot.… Read more ...

Independent Congressional Candidate Files Lawsuit Against California’s Ban on Write-in Voting in General Election

Theo Milonopoulos

From Ballot Access News:

On July 30, Theo Milonopoulos filed a federal lawsuit against California’s ban on write-in votes in the general election for Congress and partisan state office. Central district, 2:14cv-5973.

Milonopoulos filed as a declared write-in for U.S. House, 33rd district, for the June 2014 primary, but because his filing was a last-minute decision, he did not have time to campaign for write-in votes, and the Statement of Votes credits him with only one write-in at the primary.… Read more ...

Free & Equal: CA’s Top Two Primary Prevented Marianne Williamson from Winning Election

In 2010, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, with the help of an election law expert, Richard Winger, and many others, led an all-partisan nationwide effort against California’s Top Two Primary, also known as Proposition 14, because it was a hindrance to the ability of independent and alternative party candidates in getting elected.… Read more ...

BAN: Los Angeles Times Story on Candidates Who Placed Second in June 2014 Primary Via Write-in Votes

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The Los Angeles Times has this story about the California write-in candidates who placed second in the June 2014 primary. In all cases, a write-in candidate only placed second when only one candidate had filed to be on the June ballot for that office. The only three minor party candidates who will be on the California general election ballot this year were write-ins who ran in such races.

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Former Top Aide to Governor Arnold Schwarznegger Admits Top-Two Injures Independent Candidates

Via Ballot Access News:

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was the leading proponent of California’s top-two ballot measures, both in 2004 (when the proposal lost) and in June 2010 (when it won). The July 20 Sacramento Bee has this discussion with Rob Stutzman, who was the Governor’s chief of staff for communications and who still supports top-two systems.… Read more ...

LP National Urges CA Libertarians to Run Write-In Campaigns

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Low-Hanging-Fruit Opportunity for California Libertarians

May 6

Dear California Libertarian,

As you know, the June 3, 2014, primary will be coming up shortly.

Because of the passage of Proposition 14 (“Top Two”) in 2010, we only have six partisan California candidates running for office as Libertarians this year.

They are:

• Attorney General — Jonathan Jaech
• CD 7 — Art Tuma
• CD 25 — David Koster Bruce
• CD 33 — Mark Matthew Herd
• CD 51 — Michael Benoit
• AD 8 — Janice Bonser

And because Top Two only allows the candidates with the two highest vote totals to go onto the November primary, it is unlikely that any of these candidates will make it onto the November ballot — unless voters show an almost unprecedented degree of Libertarian support.… Read more ...

Michael Feinstein: Top-Two Primary System is Eliminating Diverse Political Expression

Top two makes it virtually impossible for candidates from smaller parties to be on the general election ballot and extremely difficult to participate in the primary. The Legislature even eliminated general election write-in candidacies – a right Californians have enjoyed since statehood in 1850.

From 1992 to 2010, the Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, and American Independent parties averaged 127 primary ballot candidates among them in each election cycle.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Write-In Candidates Bypassing System and Winning

Write-in winner for PA State Senate Scott Wagner. Image courtesy of

Believe it or not, write-in candidates are suddenly winning their elections. Media outlets are calling the two most recent incidents ‘warning shots’ to the two establishment political parties. And while a handful of grassroots candidates in California and Illinois have found a way to circumvent the insurmountable ballot obstacles, one write-in candidate in Pennsylvania just made history.… Read more ...

John Hrabe: In Statewide Debut, Top-Two Primary Blocks Third Parties from June Ballot

H/T Cindy Sheehan and Ballot Access News:

California’s top-two election system –by its very design– excludes third parties from the general election ballot. But, as the law makes its debut in statewide races, minor parties say it’s undermining their ability to even field candidates for the June primary ballot.

“I had planned to run for Secretary of State, but I did not because I could not afford the filing fee,” said C.… Read more ...

Independent Candidate in California Says Jury Still Out on Top-Two Primary

By James Doull

Alan Reynolds is an Independent candidate running for lieutenant governor in California. Choosing to run as an independent, according to Reynolds, is one thing that sets him apart from the other candidates in the race.

Running as an Independent will give the voters another option outside of the two major parties.… Read more ...

Politician behind Top Two election system backs out of Governor’s race

The San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers in California are reporting that former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado has ended his campaign for Governor of California. The Chronicle reports:
The departure of former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado from the California governor’s race Thursday leaves Republicans with two stark choices: 0ne candidate who wants to build a fence on the border with Mexico and the other who supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights and voted for Barack Obama in 2008.Read more ...