Californians will head to the polls earlier for primary elections. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday that moves all primary elections, including presidential primaries, from June to March.
The bill, titled the “Prime Time Primary Act,” originally only affected presidential primaries, but was later amended to include congressional and legislative primaries as well. State officials claim the change will increase the influence state voters have in presidential elections.
According to Richard Winger at Ballot Access News, the only other time a midterm primary was held before June was in 2002.
“The 2002 California primary had the lowest turnout of any California primary in history, up until that point. Only 34.6% of the registered voters cast a ballot,” writes Winger.
Former State Senator Steve Peace said in a comment for IVN:
“Who is it that thinks that requiring politicians to spend more time campaigning and less time doing their job is a good idea?”
The Independent Voter Project sponsored a resolution to add