Request to block California from implementing Prop 14 denied

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September 14, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, California: Catherine Woolard, a San Francisco Superior Court judge, issued a ruling on September 13 that denied a request by opponents of California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010) to block California from implementing the top two primary system.[1]

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit say that parts of Proposition 14 are unconstitutional. The parts they assert are unconstitutional are:

  • Language that prohibits write-in votes from being counted.
  • Language that limits a candidate to stating a "preference" of a party recognized by the state or "no party preference" discriminates against candidates from minor parties that do not qualify for the ballot.

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