The reason for non-partisan political races in California

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) -If there’s anything we’ve learned, it’s that change has caused confusion in our elections process.

For example, moving the primary up earlier in the election’s cycle, to March. Chad Peace of the Independent Voter Project says this was not done for the benefit of the voter.

The independent Voter Project pushed the reform known as Prop 14, which stripped the party labels from the ballot and created the top two system.

The problem was too many elections were over in the primary when less than half the voters cast ballots, and it was the parties who controlled the process.

For many years now, there’s been an ongoing battle between reformers and the major political parties that have traditionally controlled the elections process, selecting the nominees, and setting the rules.

That changed in 2010 when California adopted Prop 14, where the top two candidates in the primary go to a runoff in November.

This created a problem for independent voters in our presidential primary. California’s semi-closed primary system leaves it up to the political parties whether to allow Independents to cross over and select a ballot that lists the presidential race. An independent ballot does not.

The Democrats allow crossovers, the Republicans do not.

This confusion may end up disenfranchising a million independent voters in the upcoming elections. So what reform is next?

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