California Proposition 3, the Closed Primaries Act (1998)
Proposition 3 said that only voters who belong to political parties can vote for President in primary elections, and they must vote for President in their own party. Independent voters would not, under the terms of Proposition 3, have been allowed to vote for any presidential candidate in the primary election.
Of voters who cast a vote in this election, 1,200,112 or 13.92% did not cast a vote on Proposition 3.
The ballot title was:
The official ballot summary said:
- Changes existing open primary law to require closed, partisan primary for purposes of selecting delegates to national political party presidential nominating conventions. Limits voting for such delegates to voters registered by political party. Provides partisan ballots to be voted only by members of the particular party.
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 1. That estimate was:
- "Minor costs to state government."
- "Minor costs to county governments statewide."
No campaign contributions for or against Proposition 3 were reported to the California Secretary of State.
Path to the ballot
Proposition 3 was referred to the ballot through Senate Bill 1505 (Proposition 3).
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