The passing of the Proposition 14 has caused a lot of changes in the state. The most major change involves the fact that in 2012, the opening of the primaries will occur. This will affect the entire state. This will mean the most for those who are involved in a political as well as those from various groups who have an interest in politics.
California Prop 14 is otherwise referred to as the open primary initiative. People were asked to vote on this proposition and 54% agreed for it to be passed. This resulted to major changes in the electoral processes in the state of California. Starting 2012, a pre-election will be held for the entire number of candidates. There will no more be party nominees. The top two candidates in the preliminary election will be the ones who will be competing against each other. Naturally, there are some groups of politicians who will benefit from this proposition while there will also be others who will stand to lose some advantage because of this.
One of the groups of people who will benefit from this is the independent political candidates, those who do not belong to a political party. Independent candidates often find it very difficult to keep up with the huge funds that those who belong to political parties have. They are often tasked with making sure that they will be able to work with their limited resources in promoting their candidacy. The Prop 14 has now made the playing field a little bit more even for both independent and large party candidates.
The California Prop 14 is also advantageous for all voters. With the previous electoral process, candidates usually try to play their best during the primaries but when it is already time for the actual and general election, they cease to perform as well as they had during the primary sessions. The Prop 14 will enable voters to see the candidates in a more genuine light. Also, the candidates will have to do well not only in front of those who believe in their party but to the believers of the opposite side as well.
Moderate Republicans will also find the California Proposition 14 advantageous. This is because California, who is known to be one of the states who is firmly rooted in the Republican convictions usually require candidates who are very strong Republicans. This is needed in order for them to succeed in the elections. Aside from these groups of people, a lot of businesses will also benefit from Prop 14. It is undeniable that a lot of businesses suffer when the one in position is not on their side. With the California Proposition 14, the chances of getting an even number of politicians with different political beliefs is increased. As a result, there will be a more uniform form of power.
There will also be certain groups who will stand to lose some advantage with the passing of the California Proposition 14. This includes state party powerhouses, small parties, some voters, and a couple of labor unions.
For years, the state of California has held two elections in order to determine who will be elected to fill in state and federal positions. A preliminary election is done in the month of June while the actual or general election will be held during the month of November. Both of these kinds of elections are partisan in nature. This means that majority of those who run for office come from their own respective political parties. Those who will win in the preliminary partisan election will be the ones who will be the final candidates for the general electoral processes. During the final election, the voters will then be tasked with selecting people from those who have been nominated by certain parties. This remains true for those who do not come from a partisan party such as the independent candidates who are not required to take part in the primary or initial elections. Ultimately, whoever gets the highest vote during the general election will take the particular position in the government.
The Top Two Primaries Act which is stated in the California Proposition 14 was proposed last June 8, 2010. This was designed to amend the constitution of the Golden State. Prop 14 stipulates that all those who are running for office will have to take part in a so-called single primary open where all voters will be deciding who will be the ones who will be part of the general election. All state and congressional offices of California will be affected by the Prop 14. All of these positions will be subjected under the voter-nominated primary elections. Freedom will be given to voters to choose whoever they want during the preliminary elections regardless of the party to which the candidate belongs. On the other hand, candidates will also be given free rein to choose if they want to indicate their party when they cast their votes during the preliminaries.
A closer look at the top two primary election will reveal that there will be one ballot used for both positions in the state and congressional offices. As previously stated, the candidates will own the right to whether or not they will indicate their party preference. The ballot will contain all names of every party including those who are running for office independently. For instance, a Democrat can choose to vote for someone who has registered himself as part of the Republican party and vice versa. Whoever takes the top two highest votes will be part of the final election regardless if they come from the same party, from different parties, or are independent runners.
California Preposition 14 takes away the right of a political party to choose whatever candidates will be part of the primary election. Of course, these political parties will still be able to provide support to whoever their candidates. They also retain the right to oppose those who belong to other parties and those who are independent candidates. The Proposition 14 does not affect the electoral processes for the political parties. They can still choose whoever will be the presidential candidates and who will become part of their committees.