Voters approved the measure that will create a new system with one primary ballot for all voters. The top two vote getters then advance to the General Election, regardless of party. Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado championed the measure alongside Governor Schwarzenegger. Maldonado says despite the threat of lawsuits he says the rest of the country is ready for the idea.
“As California goes, so goes the nation. Because this partisanship, this bickering, this gridlock isn’t only in Sacramento. It’s throughout America. And Proposition 14 is going to change that.”
The measure’s opponents include political parties who say it will limit voters’ choices—and they want to sue. Governor Schwarzenegger says he thinks it’s safe from legal challenges because it’s based on a system that’s been held up by the Supreme Court.
A legal battle is not the only thing brewing. Green Party members say they’re thinking about going back to the voters to reverse Prop. 14.