Letter: Vote No on Proposition 121

By on October 27, 2012 in Announcements

Further to Jim Barber’s letter opposing Top Two open primaries (“Two-party primary system ensures real choice,”), while I agree Top Two supporters’ claims are totally specious, I’m relieved Proposition 121 will go to the voters in a presidential election year. The more voters that turn up, the harder it is to pass a ballot measure with a last-minute cadre of special interest groups.

For what it’s worth, I was working the polls when California’s 1998 “blanket” primary experiment was introduced with great media fanfare. Initiated by former U.S. Representative Tom Campbell (R) backed by Hewlett-Packard, this amendment was supposed to cure declining participation by giving everyone more say in candidate selection.