Independent Voter Project

Ineffective Reforms Won't Fix Presidential Primary in CA

On Wednesday, representatives from the Independent Voter Project went to Sacramento to voice their opposition to Assembly Bill 837. The bill, brought by Assemblymember Evan Low, is geared toward educating no party preference voters on how to participate in the state’s semi-closed primary elections.

While the Independent Voter Project is strongly in favor of increasing voter education, their opposition to the bill stems from the fact that it maintains a semi-closed primary election, despite the California Constitution calling for an “open presidential primary.”

Since 2001, California has held what the secretary of state’s website calls a “modified closed primary” in which voters who have not registered with a party (“no party preference” or “NPP” voters) can participate only in the primaries of parties that have decided to allow non-members to participate.

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