Posts tagged: Top-Two

Apr 23 2013

California Bill to Allow Election of Some Partisan State Offices in June is Defeated

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 23, the California Assembly Elections Committee defeated ACA 10 and AB 1075. The bills would have asked the voters in 2014 if they wish to amend the top-two primary system. Current law says the top two vote-getters from the June primary run against each other in November. The bills would have said that if anyone running for state partisan office gets as much as 60% in June, that person is elected and the Read more »

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Apr 23 2013

California Legislative Committee to Hear Bill that Alters Top-Two System

Source: Ballot Access News

The California Assembly Elections Committee will hear ACA 10 and AB 1075 on Tuesday, April 23. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. ACA 10 and AB 1075 change the top-two system. They provide that if a candidate for partisan state office receives at least 60% of the total vote in the June primary, then that candidate is elected, and the office will not appear on the November ballot. The sponsor is Assemblymember Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto). Read more »

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Apr 17 2013

Montana House Passes Bill for a Referendum on Whether to Establish a Top-Two Primary

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 17, the Montana House passed SB 408, which says there will be a popular vote in November 2014 on whether Montana should switch from an open primary to a top-two primary. The bill passed 57-43. All Democrats, and four Republicans, voted “No.” Now the bill goes back to the Senate.

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Apr 15 2013

Montana Bill to a Referendum on a Top-Two System Advances

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 15, the Montana House Administration Committee heard testimony on SB 408, and passed it. This is the bill to ask the voters in 2014 if they want to establish a top-two primary. The bill passed 12-7, on a party line vote, with all Republicans voting “Yes” and all Democrats voting “No.” The state chair of the Republican Party testified in favor of the bill. Read more »

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Apr 15 2013

Alaska Legislature Adjourns without Passing Top-Two Primary Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

The Alaska legislature adjourned on Sunday evening, April 14. HB 13, to establish a top-two primary, failed to pass. The legislature did pass HB 104 on the last day. It moves the primary from the fourth Tuesday in August to the third Tuesday in August. That has the effect of automatically moving the non-presidential independent candidate petition, since those petitions are due on primary day. But the bill has no effect on Read more »

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Apr 11 2013

Montana Legislative Hearing on Top-Two Primary Bill on April 15

Source: Ballot Access News

The Montana House Administration Committee will hold a hearing on SB 408 on April 15. This is the bill to ask the voters in 2014 if they wish to put a top-two primary system into place. The same committee resoundingly defeated another top-two bill earlier this year.

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Apr 09 2013

Joe Mathews Skewers John Wildemuth on California’s Top-Two Primary System

Source: Ballot Access News

Joe Mathews has this opinion piece in Fox & Hounds, commenting on John Wildemuth’s earlier piece about why top-two systems are desirable. Both Mathews and Wildemuth are California journalists and writers. Thanks to Rob Richie for the link.

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Apr 05 2013

Montana Democratic Legislators Try Parliamentary Maneuver to Stop Top-Two Primary Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

Democrats in the Montana legislature are determined to block two election law bills, even though Democrats are in the minority in each house. See this story, which explains the maneuver. Democrats want to block SB 408, the bill to ask the voters if they want a top-two primary. They also want to block SB 405, which would ask the voters to repeal same-day voter registration. Read more »

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Apr 04 2013

Montana Senate Passes Top-Two Primary Referendum Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 4, the Montana Senate passed SB 408 by a vote of 28-22. This is the bill to provide that in 2014, the voters will be asked if they want a top-two primary system. All Republicans voted for the bill except for one; all Democrats voted against it. Thanks to Mike Fellows for this news.

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Apr 03 2013

Another Top-Two Primary Bill Introduced in Montana; Bill Makes Progress

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 28, a new bill to create a top-two primary for Montana was introduced. SB 408, though not a proposed state constitutional amendment, would ask the voters if they wish to pass the measure. Because it goes to the voters, it does not need to be signed by the Governor. If it passes, it will be on the 2014 ballot.

On April 2, SB 408 passed the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee by a Read more »

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