Tag Archives: Jungle Primary

Republican Party Figure in California Attacks Republican Candidate, Backs Independent

In the Top Two Primary system in California, there is no party primary, only a Louisiana-style “jungle primary” in which all candidates compete for votes and the top two vote getters move on to the general election, regardless of political affiliation. Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman from California is facing a re-election fight, not against a Republican Party candidate, but against an Independent.… Read more ...

Lawsuit Filed to Stop Implementation of Prop 14

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SAN FRANCISCO — A lawsuit was filed today seeking an injunction to stop the state of California from implementing Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), the law that carries out Proposition 14 (Top-Two Open Primary Act).

The court documents are available for download at http://businessandelectionlaw.com/sb6

The complaint, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, argues SB 6 is unconstitutional because the law:

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Math professor: top two primary is flawed

By Dr. Joseph Kolacinski, an assistant professor in Elmira College’s Department of Mathematics at pressconnects.com:

Recently, California passed Proposition 14, replacing the state’s old primary election system with the “top-two” or “jungle” primary. It works like this: There is a single, open primary where every voter chooses among all the candidates.

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Louisiana Newspaper Editorializes Against Top Two Primary Bill in Louisiana

In an unsigned editorial in The Daily Advertiser, a Lafayette, Louisiana, based newspaper, yesterday comments onthe current movement back towards “open primaries” or “top two primaries” in Louisiana.

The first and loudest objection will be the one we cited earlier: Open primaries let everyone vote for anyone they want. But it’s important to remember that primaries are creatures of political parties, and their purpose is to choose political party nominees.

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December Congresional Runoffs Bill Passed by Louisiana Senate Committee

Ballot Access News has the latest from Louisiana’s re-imposition of their jungle primary.

On April 28, the Louisiana Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee passed HB 292. It moves congressional elections back to the pattern used between 1998 and 2006. There are no congressional elections until November. All voters use the same ballot, and that ballot lists all candidates.

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Louisiana Considers Restoring “Jungle Primary”

From 1978 until 2006 Louisiana used the Jungle Primary, also known as the Nonpartisan Blanket Primary or Top Two Primary, for Congressional elections. This system is still used for state and local elections in Louisiana, but was discontinued in 2008.

On April 7th, the the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed HB 292.… Read more ...