California voters will decide in June whether to adopt an open primary election similar to the one Washington has used since 2008. Secretary of State Sam Reed took some time before preparing to jet to Washington, D.C., this week for the Supreme Court’s hearing on Referendum 71 petitions to pen this San Francisco Chronicle op-ed encouraging California to give Top Two a go:
A nonpartisan winnowing primary gives maximum independence of thought and choice, and lets all voters know that their voice is important. This method really fits our political heritage in the West and honors our proud tradition that we “vote for the person, not the party.”
We firmly believe this very popular primary system helps generate broader voter participation and more civic engagement and fosters a new era of politics that stresses mainstream problem solving and civility over the excesses and rigidity of partisanship.
Our sister paper, The Sacramento Bee, endorsed Proposition 14 on Sunday.