I was aghast at reading the "Yes on Proposition 14" recommendation from the Tracy Press (on Saturday).
The TP Editorial Board has offered as their main reason for supporting Prop. 14 “something has to be done to break the partisan gridlock gripping the state government.” I could not agree more that this statement is true, but Prop. 14 will accomplish the opposite.
Prop. 14 would give California a “top two” primary system, wherein only the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, would be on the ballot for the general election. In Washington and Louisiana, where this system has already been tried, only one incumbent in each state has been defeated in a primary election. That isn’t one per election — that is one, total. In Louisiana, this is for a period of 35 years!
Prop. 14 would remove every minority party, every write-in candidate from the ballot in every November election. How does this give California any chance to break the partisan gridlock, except to allow the majority party to dominate every election, and thus set 100 percent of the agenda in the Legislature and governor’s office?
Prop. 14 and “top two” will result only in more voices being silenced and voters having fewer choices in every election. Voters should follow the advice of every political party in California, all of whom are advising a no vote on Prop. 14.