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State of California November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition 60
Election Rights of Political Parties
State of California

Legislative Constitutional Amendment

7,217,315 / 67.5% Yes votes ...... 3,473,838 / 32.5% No votes

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Results as of Dec 6 4:02pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24035/24035)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Shall the general election ballot be required to include candidate receiving most votes among candidates of same party for partisan office in primary election?

Summary Prepared by Attorney General:
  • Provides the right for political party participating in a primary election for partisan office to also participate in the general election for that office.
  • Candidate receiving most votes from among that party's candidates in primary election for state partisan office cannot be denied placement on general election ballot.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
No fiscal effect.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The State Constitution would require that the top vote-getter from each party in a state primary election advance to the general election. (The current statutory elections process has this requirement.)

A NO vote of this measure means:
No provisions would be added to the State Constitution regarding state primary elections.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 60:
Proposition 60 guarantees full, free, and open debate in elections. PROPOSITION 60 PRESERVES VOTER CHOICE and protects your right to select political party nominees for public office in direct primary elections. Proposition 60 gives you the right to choose from all parties and different points of view in general elections.

Full Text of Argument In Favor

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 60:
Proposition 60 does not go far enough. It leaves the door open to possible future tinkering with our election system.

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 60:
Yes on 60-Committee to Preserve Voter Choice
1127 11th Street, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 60:
No contact information available.

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