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California Open Presidential Primaries (2014)

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A California Initiative for Open Presidential Primaries (#13-0006) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. This initiative was withdrawn from circulation on January 8, 2014, with the petition signature deadline only five days away on January 13, 2014.[1]

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and it had been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Allowed all voters in presidential primary elections in California to vote for any candidate, regardless of party affiliation.
  • Given each political party the option to choose its presidential candidate for the general election ballot based on highest vote received among the party's candidates at the primary election, or based on its own procedures.
  • Eliminated the current constitutional requirement that the state provide for elections for political party and party central committees."

Supporters of the measure refered to it as the "End Taxpayer Funding of Political Parties Act."

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Elections. Presidential Primaries. Political Party Offices. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Allows all voters in presidential primary elections in California to vote for any candidate, regardless of party affiliation. Gives each political party the option to choose its presidential candidate for the general election ballot based on highest vote received among the party's candidates at the primary election, or based on its own procedures. Eliminates constitutional requirement that the state provide for elections for political party and party central committees."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Unknown, but probably not significant fiscal impact on the state and county governments."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California

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