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California to vote on non-partisan primary initiative

Voters may be able to choose any candidate in state primaries regardless of their party affiliation.

The California Secretary of State's office announced May 3 that an initiative to make California's primaries nonpartisan - allowing voters to choose any candidate regardless of party affiliation - has collected enough signatures for the November 2004 ballot.

If voters approve the new system, races for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, the state Legislature, governor, attorney general, treasurer, controller, lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner and secretary of state will all be changed to open primary elections.

Proponents of the initiative said it will help bridge the gap between the two parties and increase voter turnout by making primaries more competitive. -- Initiative to make primary nonpartisan on state ballot (California Aggie)


The article on the Aggie is very incomplete. It should have said that the initiative would give California voters fewer choices on their November ballots for congress, and for state office, of any state. It should have said that because of this characteristic, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and Common Cause, are against it.