Independent Voter Project
CA Presidential Primary Rules Disenfranchise Independent Voters
Across the nation, voters have routinely been confused by overly complex and non-inclusive presidential primary rules. Unfortunately, the trend will continue this June in the Golden State.
For non-presidential elections in California, the rules are simple. Every registered voter, regardless of party, can vote for any candidate of their choosing thanks to Proposition 14, the 2010 initiative that created the nonpartisan, top-two primary.
This is not true of presidential primaries.
Because the state has failed to conduct a voter education effort, there will be massive confusion in California, similar to the situations we witnessed in Arizona, New York, and elsewhere across the country. Half a million California voters who are mistakenly registered under the American Independent Party, for example, will not find out until election day that they can’t vote for any of the major party candidates.