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.
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.