California Bill to Allow Election of Some Partisan State Offices in June is Defeated

On April 23, the California Assembly Elections Committee defeated ACA 10 and AB 1075. The bills would have asked the voters in 2014 if they wish to amend the top-two primary system. Current law says the top two vote-getters from the June primary run against each other in November. The bills would have said that if anyone running for state partisan office gets as much as 60% in June, that person is elected and the office would not appear on the November ballot.

The Assembly Elections Committee has five Democrats and two Republicans. The vote was 2-4. The two votes in support of the measure were from Republican Dan Logue and Democrat Henry Perea. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, a Democrat, abstained. Two members of the Committee, chairman Paul Fong and vice-chair Tim Donnelly, said that electing people in June is too early, given that unexpected events can occur in the long interval until the November election. Representatives of the Libertarian Party and the Peace & Freedom Party testified against the bill.


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