Many American trends start in California, so it’s worth paying attention.
On June 5th, voters will be going to a primary election like no other – it will be a non-partisan primary. Dianne Feinstein is running for reelection to the US Senate. The changes took effect in 2011, but this is the first Congressional election since the change.
When entering the voting booth, voters will be given a list of all candidates running for each office and then can vote for anyone they want for each office, regardless of their party affiliation. This change was a “gift” from Arnold Schwarzenegger with a voter initiative called Proposition 14. When the votes are counted, the top 2 vote counts will face a runoff in November (even if one candidate got a majority in June)
Note this is not the top two, one from each party – it’s the top two, period. In theory, if enough Republicans run and fragmented the Republican vote into enough pieces, the November election could be between two Democrats, or Ms Feinstein and a “fringe” Republican or perhaps a Green Party candidate.
Stay tuned. More mischief ahead.