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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

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Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Saturday, September 12, 2009

California Closed Primary Proposal Withdrawn

Next June, California will have a measure on the ballots to change to a Louisiana-style "top two" election system (popularly called the "open primary" in Mississippi). With more independents now likely to be voting, this measure may have a better chance of winning. ~~ SR

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by Neil Stevens | REDSTATE

[Last night] on his site Flash Report, which is a nice source of California Republican political news, Jon Fleischman announced that he is pulling the proposal to close our state’s Republican primaries.

Right now, anyone who Declines To State a party preference is allowed to vote in our primaries, with the exception of Presidential primaries. But Fleischman had made a proposal, which the party was set to vote on in Indian Wells late this month, that would deny non-Republicans the chance to vote in our primaries. People would have to join our party to have a say in who represents our party.

However [last night] he wrote this:

"After consultation with many fellow supporters of my proposed change in the California Republican Party Bylaws, I made the very difficult decision just a few minutes ago to withdraw the change.

"To make a long story short, while I am confident that the votes were there to pass the change at the convention, the matter was becoming extremely divisive due to a lot of misinformation being spread about the proposal, and its effects."

I am disappointed to hear this, and I hope that we don’t pay for it in June.

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