Category Archives: Proposition 14

Report Says Arnold Schwarzenegger was Thinking of Running for U.S. Senate in 2018 as an Independent

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This story says Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2018 as an independent. If he does that, his own top-two law will not permit him to have the ballot label “independent”. The law, which he backed with all his resources, says independents are on the ballot as “party preference: none.”

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Five Prominent Democrats May Seek California Governorship in 2018, But Top-Two May Threaten All of Them

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Five prominent Democrats are believed to be getting ready to run for Governor of California in 2018. See this story. They are Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Treasurer John Chiang, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin (who is now a state legislator), billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, and Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles.… Read more ...

Two Socialist Party Candidates Sue California to Have Party Label on Ballot

Mimi Soltysik

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On October 8, two Socialist Party candidates for the California legislature filed a federal lawsuit against the California law that forces them to have “party preference: none” on the ballot, if they run for Congress or partisan state office. Soltysik v Padilla, c.d., 2:15cv-7916-AB.… Read more ...

Free & Equal Announces Speakers for 2nd Annual Electoral Reform Symposium

From a Free and Equal Elections Foundation email blast:

The second annual Electoral Reform Symposium will take place at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 9AM-4PM MT and will be broadcast worldwide via The event is hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.… Read more ...

Richard Winger: 2 Ways California Could Expand Voter Choice in Elections

From Richard Winger at Independent Voter Network, reprinted here with permission from the author:

California’s existing election system for Congress and state office could be improved with the following ideas.

The problem with the status quo is that ever since it went into effect in 2011, there has been very limited choice on the November ballot.… Read more ...

Florida Top Two Only Supporters Rewrite Their Initiative and Will Again Begin to Collect Signatures

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A Florida group that supports top-two says it has rewritten its proposed initiative, and will start to collect signatures soon. The revised measure holds the actual election for state and county office in August, and only if no one gets 50% will there be a runoff in November.… Read more ...

California Alt Parties Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Against Top Two Only System

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On July 28, the Peace & Freedom Party, the Libertarian Party of California, and the Green Party of Alameda County will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Rubin v Padilla, the case that argues that the U.S. Constitution does not permit states to exclude minor party candidates from the general election ballot.… Read more ...

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

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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 ...

IVN Interview with Jill Stein

Kathryn Bullington recently conducted this interview with 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein at the Independent Voter Network (IVN). Stein is seeking the party’s nomination again in 2016. An excerpt:

K.B. – The Greens have worked hard and played by the rules to get on the ballot. What do you think about top-two primaries?… Read more ...

California Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Alternative Party Lawsuit Against Top Two Only Scheme

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On April 29, the California Supreme Court refused to hear Rubin v Padilla, the case filed by three of California’s minor parties that charges the top-two system injures voting rights in the general election. It is conceivable that the case will now be appealed to the U.S.… Read more ... blog covers Florida Top Two ballot measure

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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 ...

Florida Initiative for a Top Two Only Scheme Begins to Circulate

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An initiative to create a top-two system for Florida has started to circulate. Progressive Campaigns is the paid petitioning company that is doing the drive. Here is a newspaper story about the initiative.

Florida initiatives need 60% of the vote in order to take effect.… Read more ...