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Independent Voters Push Parity For Non-Partisan Candidates

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Jeff Marston is with the California Independent Voter Project. He says non-partisan – or decline-to-state candidates for statewide office, the legislature or Congress have to gather more signatures in less time than their partisan counterparts to get on the ballot:

The unfair election code barriers to DTS candidates should be eliminated now so that DTS voters and candidates have a voice and a choice this coming November.”

Marston’s group also wrote prop. 14, the so-called “open primary” measure on the June ballot. They say if it passes, decline-to-state candidates will be fairly included in primary elections. That measure would take effect in 2012. But Marston is asking lawmakers to come up with a remedy now for decline-to-state candidates who want to run this November.  They plan to sue if necessary. Political parties oppose prop. 14. They say it would actually decrease voter choice and third parties would be forced off the ballot.
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