Proposition Summary

Elections. Primaries. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. • Requires primary elections where all voters may vote for any state or federal candidate regardless of how a voter or candidate is registered. • Exempts presidential nominations and elections of party central committees. • Only the two primary-election candidates receiving most votes for an office, whether they are candidates with “no party” or members of same or different party, would be listed on general election ballot. • In special primary election, candidate receiving majority vote is elected. • Requires political party’s consent for identification of candidates’ party registration on ballot and in other official election publications. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • No significant net fiscal effect on state and local governments.

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Popular Vote Results

Y:5119155; A:46.1; N:5968770; B:53.9; Abst:1501758; C:11.93

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

For Author

STEVE WESTLY, California State Controller; RICHARD J. RIORDAN, California Secretary for Education; BECKY MORGAN, Former State Senator --

Against Author

MARY BERGAN, President, California Federation of Teachers; MARIO RODRIGUEZ, Chairman, The Latino Coalition; JON COUPAL, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Rebuttal Author

KRIS GREENLEE, Vice-Chair, California Common Cause; HONORABLE MIMI WALTERS, Founding Member, California Women's Leadership Association; GEORGE RUNNER, Co-Chair, Citizens and Law Enforcement Against Election Fraud

Rebuttal Against Author

LEON PANETTA, Former White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton; JULIE PUENTES, Executive Vice-President, Orange County Business Council; HARRIET HOFFMAN, State Coordinator, Committee for an Independent Voice