Prop. 14 increases the ballot access requirements for parties to remain ballot-qualified. By eliminating the easiest way that parties remain ballot-qualified (the 2% vote test for any statewide office in a midterm year), the measure kills the Peace & Freedom Party, and will force the Libertarian Party to engage in an expensive registration drive. If Prop. 14 passes, the only way parties can remain on the ballot is to have registration of 1% of the last gubernatorial vote. That will probably be 100,000 after 2010. PFP only has 58,000 and Libertarian has 84,000. It costs about $5 per registration to pay people to get new registrants.For more, see also Richard's guest posts on the measure at the Election Law Blog and at Nancy's The Hankster.
And, Prop. 14 says write-ins can't ever be counted in November for Congress and state office.
And, Prop. 14 makes it very unlikely that any minor party candidates will appear on the November ballot. We know this from the experience of Louisiana and Washington state. No minor party person ever qualified for a second round in Louisiana in the 35 years the system has been used there. In Washington state, in 2008, using "top-two" for the first time, there were no minor party or independent candidates on the November ballot for any congressional race or statewide state race for the first time since Washington became a state in 1889.
Mar 17, 2010
Third party and independent activists are split over the issue of California's Proposition 14 ballot measure. To simplify: independent activists support the measure because unaffiliated voters will be allowed vote in the primaries (among other things), while third party activists are opposed to the measure because it will reduce choice on the general election ballot to just two candidates (among other things). At Poli-Tea I excerpted arguments on both sides of the issue and supplied some details on the proposition last month, if you have not been following the debate. In response to Nancy's recent posts here at TPID in support of the proposition, Richard Winger of Ballot Access News writes, via email, in opposition to the measure: