Oppose A Top-Two Blanket Primary Proposal

Resolution Number SAC09.15

Oppose A Top-Two Blanket Primary Proposal

WHEREAS, existing law and the California Democratic Party already allow for Decline-to-State voters to participate in Democratic primaries, including the presidential primary, and this has worked well, leading to several hundred thousand Decline-to-State voters participating in its February 2008 presidential primary and also to a statewide turnout of 57.7% in the February 5, 2008 presidential primary (vs. the Blanket Primary in 2000 when the turnout was only 53.9%), which is the highest since 1980; and

creating a Top-Two “Louisiana-style” blanket primary, which was rejected by the voters in November 2004 with Proposition 62, will reduce the choice of candidates to just two in the General Election (and in many races just two Democrats), eliminate mandatory party designation on the ballot, force all third-party candidates off the ballot, substantially drive up campaign costs in primaries (further benefitting very wealthy candidates), hurt campaign reform and divert resources away from swing districts and Red counties in the General Elections; and

WHEREAS, the Top-Two blanket primary calls into question local Democratic parties’ rights to support Democrats in local non-partisan races and build farm teams for the future;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party and all its local affiliated Democratic organizations continue to oppose any effort to break up political party nominating primaries; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party communicate to every media outlet, all Democratic elected officials, Democratic organizations and others that we are opposed to the Top-Two scheme and why it must be defeated.

Senator Art Torres (Ret.), Chairman of the California Democratic Party;
Former Senate President Pro Tem John Burton; Assemblymember John A. Perez; (Partial List)

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Adopted by the Democratic State Central Committee of California\xe2\x80\xa8
AKA "California Democratic Party"\xe2\x80\xa8
At its Annual State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 26, 2009

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