Category Archives: Proposition 14

Might California’s Low Voter Turnout Spark 2016 Initiative Frenzy?

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Is it possible that third parties in California could organize an initiative for 2016 to neutralize Top-two?

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By John Myers
November 12, 2014

Here’s one to ponder as we await the tallying of tens of thousands of uncounted ballots: Will this fall’s voter malaise in California plant the seeds for a ballot initiative frenzy in two years?… Read more ...

Minor Party and Independent Vote for Office at Top of Ticket in 2014 was Lower than in Recent Past Midterm Elections

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Based on preliminary election returns, it appears the percentage of the vote in the November 2014 election for independent and minor party candidates, for the office at the top of the ballot, was 4.4%.

By contrast, in 2010 it was 5.4%; in 2006 it was 5.0%; in 2002, it was 5.3%; in 1998, it was 4.9%; in 1994, it was 4.5%; in 1990, it was 4.6%; in 1986 it was 3.6%.… Read more ...

Alameda County Greens Ask CA Voters to Cast Blank Ballots for Statewide Races

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Alameda County Green Party here suggests that California voters vote next month, but that they cast blank ballots for all the seven partisan statewide races. California is the only state this year in which voters cannot vote for any statewide partisan office unless they vote for a Democrat or a Republican.… Read more ...

Michael Bloomberg Pours $1.25 Million into Oregon Top Two Campaign

Michael Bloomberg, former Republican/independent mayor of New York City & 8th richest man in the country, has reportedly contributed over one million dollars to promote Oregon’s Measure 90, the “Top Two” election system. From an email blast from the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, a non-partisan election reform organization, is calling into question former New York Mayor & billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s $1.25 million dollar contribution to Oregon’s Measure 90 (Top Two primary system), as part of Free and Equal’s Stop Top Two Nationwide campaign, one of the organization’s many initiatives to create open elections free of big money influence.… Read more ...

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

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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 ...