With less than a week left until the June 8 election day, we’re counting down the top seven reasons to vote NO on Proposition 14, the Top Two Primaries Act that will require that all candidates run in a single primary open to all registered voters regardless of party affiliation, with the top two vote-getters meeting in a runoff.
7. Third parties would be wiped out. Prop. 14 restricts voter choice by effectively blocking third party candidates from moving to the general election ballot. If you’re a member of the Green Party, American Independent, or Peace and Freedom party, there’s virtually no chance you can vote for your party’s candidate in a general election.
6. More Democrat vs. Democrat and Republican vs. Republican general elections. Rather than increasing voter choice as its proponents claim, Prop. 14 will mean voters have fewer options when it comes to the general election. That’s why both Democrats and Republicans agree on something — Prop. 14 is bad policy for California voters.
5. Higher costs for taxpayers. Prop. 14 costs more. If two candidates of the same party advance to the general election, taxpayers are paying to run the same electoral contest twice.
4. It eliminates write-in candidates. Prop. 14 is an electoral backstop that enables voters to change their minds between the general election if a candidate’s positions change or if they are involved in a scandal.
3. KKK leader David Duke is the kind of “moderate” voters can expect under Prop. 14. Rather than empowering moderate candidates, Prop. 14 will push voters further to the edges of the political spectrum. When Louisiana enacted a “top-two” primary system like the one Prop. 14 proposes, Ku Klux Klan frontman David Duke was the “moderate” candidate voters got. It’s hard to envision a candidate like Duke making it past a two-party primary.
2. It doesn’t do what proponents claim. Prop. 14’s backers want you to believe that the initiative will sweep in a new generation of moderate candidates but under an identical law in Louisiana, only one incumbent member of Congress lost a re-election in thirty years.
1. If you like Arnold and Meg Whitman, you’ll love Prop. 14. Prop. 14 won’t stop super-rich candidates like Arnold and Meg from buying their way onto the ballot, but it will enable more wealthy candidates to bypass the vetting process of a primary election. Under Prop. 14, candidates can hide their party affiliation so that voters may not know what they’re getting until its too late.