Tag Archives: Prop 14

Article on Top Two in California Separates Fact from Fiction

This article by Paul Mitchell highlights how Top Two has impacted California elections, as opposed to how it was supposed to effect elections. Mitchell sets out to separate myth from reality:

Much of this year’s legislative and congressional drama has focused on the decennial redistricting, but the greater impact could come from our seemingly annual attempt to change election systems in California.

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Richard Winger of Ballot Access News: IndependentVoting.org is ‘a pressure group working to limit choices on the general election ballot’

Reprinted in full, with permission, from Ballot Access News.

Government-printed ballots in the United States were first created in 1888, and almost from the start, opponents of new and minor political parties started manipulating the ballot access laws to keep certain parties off the ballot.  The first such instance was in Nevada, when the 1893 legislature increased the petition requirement for new parties and independent candidates to 10% of the last vote cast, in a vain attempt to keep the Peoples (Populist) Party off the ballot.… Read more ...

Peace and Freedom Party Wins Renewed Ballot Status Through 2014

Posted at peaceandfreedom.org:

With at least two nominees for statewide office receiving more than the required 2% of the vote, the Peace and Freedom Party has secured its official status in California at least through November 2014. Early results show Dina Padilla at 3% for Insurance Commissioner, and Karen Martinez at 2.2% for Controller.… Read more ...

Statement by Attorney Gautam Dutta in response to Governor Schwarzenegger and Lieutenant Governor Maldonado’s attacks on the SB 6 / Prop 14 lawsuit

Press release emailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

Statement by Attorney Gautam Dutta in response to Governor Schwarzenegger and Lieutenant Governor Maldonado’s attacks on the SB 6 / Prop 14 lawsuit.

“Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado’s joint attacks on the SB 6 lawsuit are baseless attempts to deviate attention from the real issues at hand.… Read more ...

StopTopTwo.org’s Christina Tobin Tells Governor Schwarzenegger to Calm Down

Press release emailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As reported in the San Jose Mercury News Thursday, July 29, a lawsuit was filed charging that state Senate Bill 6 is unconstitutional. SB 6 is the legislation that put Proposition 14, the Top Two election system, on the June 8 California ballot.… 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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Free And Equal: Media Ignores Ethic of Balanced Reporting in Effort to Push Agenda

SAN FRANCISCO – The recently finished campaign surrounding Proposition 14 in California has revealed startling insights into the way media outlets cover essential issues facing voters. Since the proposition passed June 8, Free and Equal Elections staff have continued to follow media coverage of Proposition 14 in California and the spread of the Top Two idea across the country.… Read more ...

Free and Equal and StopTopTwo.org pledge to stop the spread of the top two election systems

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Christina Tobin, StopTopTwo.org Chair and founder of Free and Equal Elections Foundation, issued a statement today promoting the ongoing efforts in opposition to Top Two election systems.

“StopTopTwo.org is alive and kicking, and we are going to continue fighting this Top Two election system wherever it pops up,” Christina Tobin said.Read more ...

LA Times reports on the downside of Prop 14, but only after the election

Ballot Access News:

The Los Angeles Times has this article about California’s Proposition 14, which focuses on some of the flaws in the measure. The story is a surprise, because before the election, everything in the print version of that newspaper was overwhelmingly favorable to the measure.

LA Times: Politicians, analysts question new open primary system

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Top Two Primary, Proposition 14, Passes in California

Every party, including every third party, in California opposed Proposition 14, but that did not stop it from passing tonight. With 54.7% of the votes reporting statewide, the measure has 56.5% voting for it. The final 44.5% of votes that are as of yet unreported is unlikely to change the wide lead that Proposition 14 has in the reported votes.… Read more ...

The Daily Californian: No on Prop 14


Every so often, a proposition comes up that seems to be the cure to the ills that plague our state but in reality is nothing but a replacement for the tough reforms that have to be made. Proposition 14 is one example of such populist pandering.

Pushed by Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, the change to California election law is intended to build bipartisanship in the state legislature and to empower moderates stuck between the conservative and liberal extremes.… Read more ...