Proposition Summary

ELECTIONS. INCREASES RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN PRIMARY ELECTIONS. Encourages increased participation in elections for congressional, legislative, and statewide offices by changing the procedure by which candidates are selected in primary elections. Gives voters increased options in the primary by allowing all voters to choose any candidate regardless of the candidate's or voter's political party preference. Provides that candidates may choose not to have a political party preference indicated on the primary ballot. Provides that only the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes in the primary will appear on the general election ballot regardless of party preference. Does not change primary elections for President, party committee offices and nonpartisan offices. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: No significant net change in state and local government costs to administer elections.

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Legislative Vote Results

Final Votes Cast By The Legislature on SCA 4 (Proposition 14) (Resolution Chapter 2, Statutes of 2009), Senate: Ayes 27 Noes 12; Assembly: Ayes 54 Noes 20

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For Author

Jeannine English, AARP, California State President

Against Author

Kevin R. Nida, President, California State Firefighters' Association

Rebuttal Author

Ed Costantini, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, Davis

Rebuttal Against Author

Jeannine English, AARP, California State President