Third parties in California may be in trouble

California voters will vote on the “top-two” system in June 2010. Recent press reports say that two former Speakers of the California Assembly, Willie Brown and Robert Hertzberg, support the idea. Also, California Forward, a prestigious organization formed last year, does not support “top-two” yet, but its leaders say they support some type of primary election change. They believe that the current semi-closed primary (in which independents can vote in either major party’s primary for Congress and state office, but which otherwise is a closed primary) is responsible for the election of Republicans to the state legislature who are too partisan and inflexible.

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