Independent Voter Project

“50% Plus One” Rule will Decide Many San Diego Races

SAN DIEGO, CALIF.  – The Independent Voter Project (IVP) is out to educate San Diegans on the need for charter reform. San Diego is one of the largest cities in California that uses the “50% plus one” rule to decide its local elections.

Charles Abdelnour, the former city clerk of San Diego for 28 years, who was in office in 1989 when the city changed from the district primary to the 50% plus one rule told IVP, “voters should have the opportunity to weigh in on candidates when the largest number of people are voting, and that occurs in a general election.” Abdelnour continued, “a primary is a primary, which signifies there is a secondary or general election. Key city races shouldn’t necessarily end in June.”

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