Proposition 62, the Open Election Initiative

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In 1996, California voters approved an "open primary," meaning that anybody could cast a ballot in any primary election of his or her choice. The US Supreme Court threw that out, saying it violated party members' "freedom of association." Proposition 62 on next month's ballot essentially eliminates party primaries altogether, providing that the top two candidates in the first round face each other in the general election, even if they're from the same party. It would apply to statewide races, the Legislature and Congress, but not to presidential primaries, which would remain partisan. What's the best way to give voters more choices, make government more pragmatic, and elected officials more accountable? Warren Olney hears from former officials of the California Republican Party on both sides of the issue.
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Variety article on Christopher Reeve

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