Category Archives: Proposition 14

Ballot Access News: November 2018 U.S. House Totals by Party

Ballot Access News:

All states have finished their official vote tallies except for West Virginia. The national totals for U.S. House by party (using the unofficial West Virginia returns, which will probably be almost exactly like the official ones) are:

Democratic 60,447,537; Republican 50,751,049; Libertarian 768,015; Green 224,919; Working Families 217,172; Conservative 207,094; Independent Parties (of Connecticut, Louisiana and Oregon) 74,672; Reform 66,579; Constitution 59,972; Independence Parties (of Minnesota and New York) 57,463; Working Class 53,102; Women’s Equality 41,317; United Utah 36,177; Legal Marijuana Now 15,791; American 15,011; Progressive 10,758; Independent American of Utah 6,686; Liberty Union 3,924; and Socialist Equality 2,213.

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Top-Two Initiative in South Dakota Again Receives Big Donations from Out-of-State

Ballot Access News:

In 2016, a South Dakota initiative to set up a top-two system, without any party labels, was on the ballot. It received 44.5% of the vote. Proponents of the 2016 initiative spent approximately $1,600,000, whereas opponents spent $300,000.

The proponents are trying again, although this time their initiative leaves party labels on the ballot.… Read more ...

Sacramento Bee Covers Proposed Initiative to Repeal California Top-Two

Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee (H/T Ballot Access News):

Frustrated that Democrats dominate elective office in California, a Republican eyeing a 2018 run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to repeal the state’s top-two primary system that he says shuts out Republicans and disproportionately propels left-wing Democrats into office.… Read more ...

Proposed California Constitutional Initiative to Stop Top Two Filed

Ballot Access News:

On August 11, Thomas E. Palzer and his organization Foundation to Stop Top Two filed a proposed constitutional initiative with the California Attorney General. Here is the text. It would return California to the system used between 2001 and 2010. Parties would again have their own nominees and their own primary ballots.… Read more ...

Alaska Top-Two Bill Passes One Committee 4-3, is Sent to Another Committee

Ballot Access News:

On Saturday, April 15, the Alaska top-two bill, HB 200, passed the House Judiciary Committee 4-3. But it must now go to the State Affairs Committee. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Gabrielle Ledoux, is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

All the testimony taken on the bill on Friday, April 14, was opposed to the bill.… Read more ...

NC: Ballot Access, Top Two Only bills introduced

Ballot Access News

On April 11, North Carolina Representatives Ken Goodman (D-Rockingham) and Pricey Harrison (D-Greensboro) introduced HB 737. It converts North Carolina elections for Congress and state office to a top-two system. The bill does not provide for “preference” or “prefers” to appear on the ballot. Nor does it say that the ballot should carry an explanation that party labels on the ballot do not mean that the party approves of any candidate with that party’s label.

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Peter Gemma: Voters Lose In An “Open” Top Two Primary

by Peter B. Gemma

A top two primary distorts the meaning of a free and fair election.  For example, three Democrats and two Republicans ran in the 2014 Washington state open primary for Treasurer.  Even though 52 percent of the electorate voted for one of the three Democrats, two Republicans ended up on the general election ballot because they narrowly finished first and second.  … Read more ...

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

Ballot Access News:

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

Ballot Access News

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

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.,… 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 ...