Resolution Endorsing Repeal of Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act

WHEREAS, as adopted by Proposition 14 (2010), all candidates for a single office run against each other for the first round of voting;

WHEREAS, the two candidates with the highest number of votes in the first round move forward to the final election, regardless of party affiliation;

WHEREAS, in the final election between the original top two candidates, the candidate with the most votes wins and

WHEREAS, supporters of the Top Two election methods allege election efficiency and a broad representation of candidates, but implementation of such systems has been shown to effectually limit and restrain choices for voters

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Libertarian Party of Santa Cruz County Central Committee stands opposed to all Top Two election systems, as such a system will result in limiting the choices for voters in general elections, and so be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, the Libertarian Party of Santa Cruz County Central Committee stands in agreement in opposing the implementation of Top Two election systems, and so be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, the Libertarian Party of Santa Cruz County Central Committee supports legal, legislative, and political action to repeal and abrogate the California Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act.

FURTHER RESOLVED, the Libertarian Party of Santa Cruz County Central Committee supports the Initiative to Repeal the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Law as submitted to the Attorney General by the Foundation to Stop Top 2, and so be it

ADOPTED this 19 day of September 2017, by the Libertarian Party of Santa Cruz County Central Committee.

Side note

Since implementation of Top 2 primary:

2012 โ€“ 30 statewide races with only one party on the ballot either Dem vs Dem or Rep vs Rep

2014 โ€“ 26 statewide races with only one party on the ballot

2016 โ€“ 28 Legislative races with only one party on the ballot (Including US Senator race) and 16 with only one candidate on the ballot.