Thursday, May 11, 2017

San Diego CA Primary Election Reform Bill

The organization that authored California’s Nonpartisan Primary system, the Independent Voter Project (IVP), has submitted a letter in support of AB 901, a Bill sponsored by Assembly Members Todd Gloria and Shirley Weber, that would pave the way for San Diego County to change their Primary process and get rid of the 50%+1 Rule.

IVP authored last year’s Measure K, which Eliminated the Rule in San Diego City that allowed Candidates for City offices to win outright in a June Primary by getting over 50% of the vote.

Assembly Bill 901 would allow San Diego County, through Proposition by County Supervisors or a petition of 10% of the Electorate, to move to a Primary System in which the Voters are guaranteed a choice between the Top-Two Candidates in the General Election.

San Diego is one of the most geographically, ethnically, and politically diverse Counties in California, and the Independent Voter Project believes it is important that the Electoral process maximize the participation of all San Diegans.

Past Election statistics have demonstrated that as many as twice the number of Registered Voters in San Diego County participate in the General Election versus the Primary.

I would replace Top-Two with a system that gives any Candidate with 25%+, or a possible Top-Four to be on the General Election Ballot.

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