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.
The effects of the California Proposition 14 is most evident in the state’s electoral processes. In order to understand the changes which are brought about by the Prop 14, a look at the current primary system is necessary. In the primary election, different ballots will be prepared for every political party. Voters who are part of a certain party will only be given the ballot which relates to where they belong. The others will also be given the ballot for their respective party. Those who are in partisan and nonpartisan offices will be given these ballots including propositions. On the other hand, those who are not affiliated to any party will be given ballots to offices and propositions that are nonpartisan in nature. Despite this, any political party can still choose to provide voters who are nonpartisan with ballots that come from their own group.
It is also essential for one to note that partisan elections will affects many statewide government positions including the governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasure, controller, attorney general, insurance commissioner as well as more than a hundred members of the legislature and those who will be part of the State Board of Equalization. Members of the congress will also be affected including the two highest positions of the president and vice president as well as the congressional members. Elections for presidential positions including those that involve the leadership of certain political parties are not covered by the California Prop 14.
The California Proposition 14 is a move to amend the current constitution of the state which involves elections held to fill positions for the federal and state offices. All of these changes will start to be implemented with elections that will be held after the 1st day of January 2011.
With the passing of the 14th Proposition there will be certain fiscal effects that will take place. There will be a significant number of changes in how people running for government office will have to prepare their ballot and other campaign materials. This could state expenses to soar. This is for the obvious reason that all candidate names will have to be printed on every preliminary election ballot which basically means that each of these ballots will be very long.
There are also some instances wherein the California Proposition 14 will bring about a reduction in election expenses. This is due to the elimination of the need to prepare ballots for every political party who will be part of the preliminary election. For the final or general election, the number of those who will be running for office will be significantly decreased. Only two candidates will ultimately be part of the general election. This will result to a marked reduction in election costs. There will also be certain instances wherein the Prop 14 will result to candidates from opposing parties to get elected. This will cause a less partisan approach to many relevant issues of the government. There will also be a greater chance of having officials who do not just represent a single kind of political ideology. The Proposition 14 will also bring about favor for those who have businesses.