Independent Voter Project
SD City Attorney Candidates Talk About the Right to Vote in General Election at IVP Forum
IVP San Diego, a chapter of the Independent Voter Project (IVP), hosted an informative panel discussion on April 8 with four of the five declared candidates running for San Diego city attorney. Among the biggest topics of the night was San Diego’s 50% plus one rule in primary elections.
Candidates Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Mara Elliott, and Bryan Pease joined a sizable group of San Diego voters at Lestat’s West in Normal Heights to discuss the impact of 50% plus one, as well as other issues related to voter rights, turnout, and campaign finance.
The fifth candidate in the race, Robert Hickey, had a scheduling conflict.
This rule is one of the most important and undemocratic election laws that is not well understood by voters. Similar to California’s nonpartisan, top-two primary (authored by IVP), voters in San Diego city elections (including city attorney) send the top two vote-getters in June to the general election… that is unless one candidate receives over 50% of the vote, in which case the election is over and that candidate is declared the winner.