Independent Voter Project
Sacramento Bee: Should California parties decide who votes in presidential elections?
In California, non-Republicans hoping to vote for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or John Kasich will have to register with the GOP.
That’s because the Republican Party, unlike Democrats here, adheres to a closed system in presidential races, even as the rest of the down-ticket contests are open.
Now, a pair of GOP lawmakers want to chip away at their party’s walled system. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Riverbank and Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres have joined San Diego-based Independent Voter Project in calling on Secretary of State Alex Padilla to print and issue a nonpartisan presidential ballot.
Such a ballot would list all qualified presidential candidates and allow anyone to cross party lines and vote for them. Though the resolution would retain the parties’ constitutionally protected rights to close their primaries – and count only the votes they want to count – Olsen thinks it’s time to open the process, however symbolic...