Top Two Primary Election Info
Proposition 14 was passed by the voters in June of 2010. Known as the "Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act", Proposition 14 provides for a "voter-nominated Primary Election" for each state elective office and Congressional office in California. Under this system a voter may vote for any candidate for these offices without regard to the political party preference (formally known as "party affiliation") disclosed by either the candidate or voter. Not all offices are affected by the Top Two Primary system. Only "voter nominated" offices are effected.
The top two candidates receiving the two highest vote totals for each "voter nominated" office at a Statewide Direct Primary Election, regardless of party preference, would then compete for the office at the ensuing General Election.
There has been some misunderstanding among voters in California if Proposition 14 has created a true "open primary". Proposition 14 only allows a voter to vote for any candidate for voter-nominated offices or non-partisan offices without regard to the political party. For party-nominated offices a voter will only be allowed to vote for those candidates who have affiliated with their political party. For example, if a voter is registered to vote as a "Democrat", "Republican", "American Independent", etc. they would only be allowed to vote for candidates who have identified with their political party (for party-nominated offices only). To help simplify this process we have created an easy-to-understand chart identifying "who can vote for what".