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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.
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 ...
Low-Hanging-Fruit Opportunity for California Libertarians
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.
• 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 ...
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 ...
Write-in winner for PA State Senate Scott Wagner. Image courtesy of Breitbart.com.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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On November 26, the California Libertarian Party, the Peace & Freedom Party, and the Alameda County Green Party, filed an appeal in Rubin v Bowen, the only case ever filed by minor parties against the California top-two system. The case is in state court and now goes to the State Court of Appeals.
Two-time Emmy award winning investigative journalist Ben Swann is attempting to make history and he needs your help. On Monday, June 10, Swann launched a massive fundraising effort for his “Liberty is Rising: Truth in Media” project on Kickstarter.
The Kickstarter project has a base goal of $1.25 million dollars to launch a 3 level platform to inform, engage and activate Americans across the political spectrum.… Read more ...
The June 10 Roll Call has this analysis of how California’s top-two primary system has increased the power of the Democratic and Republican Party organizations. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.… Read more ...
This joint statement from the Green, Libertarian and Peace and Freedom parties was distributed to members of the State Legislature on May 23, 2013. This document is available as a PDF here.
Top Two Elections and their Effects on the Smaller Parties
A joint statement from the Green Party, Libertarian Party and Peace and Freedom Party
May 23, 2013
- Top Two makes it much harder and more expensive for candidates of small parties to qualify for the primary election ballot, thereby reducing their number to a record low.