Category Archives: Proposition 14

The Union, Daily Newspaper for Nevada County, California, Carries Op-Ed Advocating Repeal of Proposition 14 (Top Two Only Scheme)

Ballot Access News:

David G. Briceno has this op-ed in The Union of Grass Valley, California. He advocates the repeal of the California top-two system. The Union is a daily newspaper serving Nevada County, California. Briceno notes the poor turnout in the 2014 election in California and suggests Proposition 14 helped cause that low turnout.… Read more ...

LP.org blog covers Florida Top Two ballot measure

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LP.org blog:

A ballot initiative to install a “top-two” primary has begun in Florida, as circulators are now petitioning on the initiative’s behalf.

According to a recent article in the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, the petition was filed by All Voters Vote Inc., a Tallahassee-based group. It is not known yet who is behind the effort.… Read more ...

California Minor Parties File Reply Brief in State Supreme Court in Lawsuit Against Top-Two System

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 9, the Peace & Freedom Party of California, the Libertarian Party of California, and the Green Party of Alameda County filed this reply brief in Rubin v Padilla, the case pending in the State Supreme Court on whether the California top-two system injures voting rights.… Read more ...

California’s (top) two only law may be responsible for sharpest drop in voter turnout of any state

Ballot Access News:

Political Science Professor Michael McDonald has a webpage that posts turnout data for each state. McDonald determines the number of ballots cast in each state, and divides that by the voting-eligible population. “Voting-eligible population” means not only the number of registered voters, but the number of people who could register if they chose to.… Read more ...

Thomas L. Knapp: Time to End the Election Duopoly

From Thomas L. Knapp at Free Press Publications:

California’s elections system is making news again (“Top-two primary system survives challenge,” by Thomas Elias, Salinas Californian, February 17). “Top two,” in California and elsewhere, is the latest effort to strengthen the Republican and Democratic parties’ monopoly — “duopoly” — over American politics.… Read more ...

Top Two Only proponents wage campaign of deception about the prior primary system in California being “closed”

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Ballot Access News:

Martin Wisckol, politics reporter for the Orange County (California) Register, has this column about recent political science research on California’s top-two system. Unfortunately, Wisckol, like so many other otherwise well-informed people, says that before the top-two system was implemented in California, independent voters were not able to vote in major party primaries for Congress and partisan state office.

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Ted Brown of CA Libertarian Party Writes Letter to Editor About Top-Two

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Ted Brown, long-time Libertarian activist, had a letter posted in the Los Angeles Times today. Mr. Brown was chairman of the Libertarian Party of CA in the eighties, and has held several other leadership postions in California since then.

Re: “Too early to tell on top two?” Editorial, Feb. 10:

Your editorial fails to mention how top-two voting under Proposition 14 virtually eliminates alternative parties from the general election ballot.… Read more ...

But Not When It Counts: A Critique of CA’s Top-Two Primary

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Feb 12, 2015

By Andrew Gripp

Let’s imagine there are three voters all in the same district: Mr. Blue, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Green.

•Mr. Blue is a registered Democrat, and his favorite candidate is also a Democrat, Candidate L – a liberal. His second preference is Candidate M – a moderate Democrat.… Read more ...

California State Court of Appeals upholds top two only scheme, bases decision on factual errors

Ballot Access News reports:

On January 29, the California State Court of Appeals ruled that California’s minor parties are not entitled to a trial, to present evidence showing that the top-two system injures voting rights of voters who wish to vote for minor parties in the general election. The case is Rubin v Padilla.

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