Resolution To Overturn “Top Two” Primary

Resolution 14-07.05 


Whereas, the Top Two Primary was placed on the California ballot to gain a single politician's vote for the passage of a State Budget without research into the possible effects of its passage, and

Whereas, the California Democratic Party took a formal position opposing the Top Two Primary (Proposition 14) in the 2010 election and the last two election cycles have proven the flaws of the "Top Two" idea with some districts having a majority of voters from one party and no candidate from that party for that office on the November ballot, and

Whereas, the courts have confirmed the banning of write-in voting in the General Election, thereby disenfranchising all voters, including minority party and protest voters of one of the most fundamental rights of free speech which is to vote for candidates of their choosing in open elections.

Therefore be it resolved, that the California Democratic Party supports a repeal of the "Top Two" primary and a return to the electoral system that served California well from 1891 to 2010.


Sponsored by LACDP



Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014



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