Independent Voter Project

Independent Voter Project and CA Fwd Host Nonpartisan Primary Summit

California legislators, public affairs representatives, and reformers of all stripes attended the first-ever California Nonpartisan Primary Summit on Wednesday at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

The event, co-hosted by the Independent Voter Project (IVP) and California Forward (CA Fwd), featured a series of discussions on nonpartisan primaries, voting rights, and the future of election reform.

Proposition 14, better known as California’s nonpartisan, top-two primary, was passed by the majority of voters in 2010. Under the new primary system, all voters and candidates (regardless of political affiliation) participate on a single primary ballot and the top two vote-getters move on to the general election in November.

Since the time it was first implemented in the 2012 elections, political commentators have tried to understand its impact.

The California Nonpartisan Primary Summit featured three panel discussions and two guest speakers, including California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and newly elected state Senator Steve Glazer.




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