Los Angeles County Finishes Counting Write-in Votes from June Primary

Los Angeles County Finishes Counting Write-in Votes in June Primary; Republican Qualifies for November Ballot for U.S. House Race

Edited by Richard Winger

July 4, 2012

Los Angeles County, California, has now finished tallying write-in votes for declared write-in candidates in the June 5, 2012 primary. In the U.S. House race, 37th district, there had been only one name on the primary ballot, incumbent Karen Bass, a Democrat. Therefore, whichever declared write-in candidate polled the most votes in this district would place second, and would appear on the November ballot. Three write-in candidates filed, a Republican, a Peace & Freedom member, and a Libertarian. The Republican received the most write-ins.

Republican Morgan Osborne got 36 write-ins; Peace & Freedom member Adam Shbeita received eight; Libertarian Sean McGary received four. Here is a link to all the Los Angeles County write-ins from the June primary for federal and state office.

This means that no minor party member will appear on the November ballot for any of California’s 53 U.S. House races. This is the first California election since 1966 with no minor party members on the November ballot for either house of Congress.

In state legislative races, the only minor party members who will be on the November ballot will be three Peace & Freedom members. All three were write-in candidates in the primary, and in all three races only one person, a Democrat, appeared on the primary ballot. The three Peace & Freedom Party members are Mary McIlroy for State Senate, 9th district (Berkeley); Eugene Ruyle for Assembly, 15th district (Berkeley); and Lee Chauser, State Senate, 33rd district (Los Angeles).

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Richard Winger is the editor of Ballot Access News and is a frequent commenter here on IPR.

2 thoughts on “Los Angeles County Finishes Counting Write-in Votes from June Primary

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Most readers here on IPR probaly know that California passed legislation last year that we not-so-lovingly call “Top-Two”. That means that the two highest vote-getters in the primary will run against each other in the November election, regardless of the party they represent.
    Even though the backers of the propostition claimed that it would enable third parties to be on ballots, most of us know that the opposite will be the result.

  2. Austin Battenberg

    I was proud to vote against top-two. But I knew it would pass, because people are easily manipulated by those who claimed it would open up the process.

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