June 8, 2010 Ballot Prop. 14

Proposition 14: Primary Elections

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 2,117,064 (54.2%)
No votes: 1,795,744 (45.8%)

All voters would receive the same primary election ballot for most state and federal offices. Only the two candidates with the most votes - regardless of political party identification - would advance to the general election ballot.

Pro/Con Statements

Supporters say that a yes vote would mean California citizens could vote for any candidate they wish for state and congressional offices, regardless of political party preference. Supporters also claim that experts have found that measures like Prop. 14 result in elected representatives in Sacramento and California who are less partisan and more practical.
Opponents claim that the politicians behind Proposition 14 have included a deceptive provision in the measure that will actually make primaries less open. They say that the fact that candidates don't have to list their party affiliation on the ballot will allow them to look independent while still remaining loyal to their party. Opponents also claim that the Proposition is "business as usual" disguised as reform.