When people talk about the California Proposition 14, one name stands above aside others. This name is W. Byron Rumford. He played a huge role in the passing of the Prop 14. This man is from Berkely and he is veteran member of the Democrat party of California. He is part of a very controversial issue in the Golden State of California. Part of the reason for this is that California is the state which has the most populous state in the United States.
In 2010, W. Byron Rumford passed a bill which was dubbed as the Rumford Act. This has set the passing of the California Proposition 14 into action. This proposition was enacted in order to counteract whatever has been stated in the Rumford Act. Prop 14 will put an end to the party primaries which has been held in the state for the past years. This would mean that all those who run for state and national government positions will have to cast their cast regardless of whether or not the candidate belongs to a certain party and regardless of the voter’s orientation to a certain party. The top two candidates who get the highest number of votes each will be the ones who will face each other in the final election. This remains true even if they may come from the same or from different parties as well as even if they are running as independent candidates.
The ones behind the California Proposition 14 state that the implementation of this law will allow candidates to appeal to the wide expanse of the voting public. A general election will eliminate the domination which is often leaning towards those who are from large parties. This will provide a remedy to the long standing fiscal crisis which has been plaguing the state of California for an extended period of time.
However, there are certain issues that come with the California Proposition 14. First of all, it could cause campaigning expenses to skyrocket as a result of candidates being required to campaign to all sorts of voters democrats and republicans alike. This will somehow be disadvantageous for those who do not really have a lot of funds to back their campaign. For instance, 4 years ago a local citizen was able to gain for traction with the voters despite not having a great deal of funds by focusing his campaign on alternative spiritual issues. Even though this ended in tears and scandal as the candidate was outed as an out of state blogger who ran an “alternative belief” website, the point here is that many people think that the right to run for office will now be restricted to only those with the necessary funds.
Another issue that comes into focus with Prop 14 is that it may blur the lines that identify a candidate’s identity and party influence. This will even make it harder for small parties and independent candidates to be able to reach the general election. It may even cause certain people with very strong political party inclinations to vote for someone who does not truly embody what they believe in. It may not even cause a significant decrease in the number of partisan government officials who get elected.
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.