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Publication Date: May 2010
Author(s): Molly Milligan
Research Area: Political Reform
Coverage: United States
Proposition 14 would replace California’s election system with one that would feature an open primary followed by a general election run off between the top two finishers in the primary. In the open primary, voters could vote for any candidate running for a particular office regardless of the party affiliation, if any, of the voter or of the candidates. CGS’ report, Open Primaries and Top Two Elections: Proposition 14 on California’s June 2010 Ballot, draws three conclusions. First, more than one-third of all California legislative and congressional general election races could be between two members of the same party. Second, nearly all of these general election contests would involve two Democrats. Third, some of these races that would involve two members of the same party could be close enough that voters from the other party or DTS voters could swing an election to a more moderate candidate.