Independent Voter Project

CA Bill to Allow Open Presidential Primaries Fails Passage in Elections Committee

The Independent Voter Project (IVP) announced Wednesday that ACR-145, sponsored by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), which would provide all voters, regardless of political party affiliation, the ability to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice failed passage of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting. Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) voted in favor of the resolution.

“While today’s committee decision was disappointing, I firmly believe that this is the direction California voters want our primaries to go in,” said Olsen. “Every voter should be able to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice – no matter their party preference.”

“Every year, more and more Californians are choosing to not affiliate with a political party. We simply must provide means for those citizens to participate in our democracy and in the elections that they help to pay for,” said State Senator Cannella. “Though I am a proud Republican, I have and will continue to protect the rights of my entire constituency – regardless of their partisan affiliation or nonaffiliation. All Californians should have a voice in the political process and ACR 145 would have allowed that.”

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