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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

California voters changed primary election system
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On June 8, 2010, California voters approved Proposition 14, which altered the primary election system, creating an open primary where only the top two vote-getters would advance to the general election. The ballot initiative was approved by over 54 percent of voters and changes elections to create a system in which all candidates for a state or federal elective office would run in a single primary regardless of political affiliation. From this, only the two candidates with the most votes would appear on the ballot in the general election. Supporters of Proposition 14 described it as necessary to alleviate the strong ideological opposition in the state legislature. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who included the ballot initiative in his 2010 budget, praised the measure, describing it as a sign of a "sweeping change."

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