On Friday, February 26, California Assemblymember Kristin Olsen and State Senator Anthony Cannella, with the support of the Independent Voter Project, filed a resolution with the California State Assembly urging Secretary of State Alex Padilla to create an additional nonpartisan, presidential ballot that lists all presidential candidates, regardless of party.
California would continue to distribute partisan primary ballots for voters registered with a qualifying political party, but the resolution would allow for the creation of a nonpartisan “public ballot” for voters who either can’t vote because a political party bars their participation or don’t want to vote in a particular party’s primary election.
Read the full resolution.
Read the Independent Voter Project’s press release.
The resolution is currently being considered in the Assembly Elections Committee, and is gaining support and attention across California. Here are the latest headlines:
“Assemblymember Kristin Olsen Says California Resolution Would Provide for a Nonpartisan “Public Ballot” Option for Presidential Primaries” – Sierra Sun Times