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"Top-Two" How-To: A Primary Primer

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Okay, California voter - open up your sample ballot, and check out the U-S Senate race.  There are 24 different candidates, and you get to pick one of them.  The top two finishers will advance to the fall general election - hence the name "top two primary."

Alexander: "There will be more choices for everyone in the primary, but fewer choices in November."

Kim Alexander is with the California Voter Foundation.  She says the old system left independent voters - or as they're now called in California, "No Party Preference" voters - without a voice in primary elections.  Now, everyone can participate - whether registered with a political party or not.

Alexander: "So the bottom line is that more people are going to be participating in the decision-making process to whittle down the choices."

The new system only applies to races for Congress and the state legislature.

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