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Encyclopedia > California Proposition 62 (2004)

Proposition 62 is a proposition in the state of California on the November 2, 2004 ballot. It is an initiative constitutional amendment and statute that provides for a "modified blanket" primary election system like that used in the state of Louisiana. It is officially known as the Voter Choice Open Primary Act. Instead of traditional partisan primaries for statewide offices, voters would be allowed to vote for any candidate in a primary election regardless of the political afflilation of the voter or candidates. The two candidates with the most votes (regardless of party or lack thereof) would later appear on the general election ballot.

Proposition 62 would affect elections to the following offices:

Proposition 62 exempts U.S. presidential nominations.

The provisions of Proposition 62 conflict with those of Proposition 60, which essentially re_affirms the existing partisan primary system. The California Constitution provides that if the provisions of two approved propositions are in conflict, only the provisions of the measure with the higher number of "yes" votes at the statewide election take effect.

See also: List of California ballot propositions 2000_present

Official summary

  • Requires primary elections where all voters may vote for any state or federal candidate regardless of how a voter or candidate is registered.
  • Exempts presidential nominations and elections of party central committees.
  • Only the two primary_election candidates receiving most votes for an office, whether they are candidates with "no party" or members of same or different party, would be listed on general election ballot.
  • In special primary election, candidate receiving majority vote is elected.
  • Requires political party's consent for identification of candidates' party registration on ballot and in other official election publications.

Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact:

  • No significant net fiscal effect on state and local governments.

External links

  • Voter Information Guide with text of Proposition 62 (http://www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov/propositions/prop62_title.htm)



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