The laws dramatically limit voter choice and candidate's rights. Because of this new set of laws, third-party candidates from parties without ballot access are forbidden from listing their party affiliation on the ballot. I'm officially registered with the Coffee Party, a minor (i.e., non-state-recognized) party. However, the current law forces candidates to say they have "no party preference." In stark contrast, Democratic and Republican candidates are free to state their party's name on the ballot. Bottom line, SB 6 forces minor-party candidates to lie to voters and does them a grave disservice. And that needs to change.
Another troubling dictate of SB 6 is that it mandates that all write-in votes cast "at the general election shall not be counted." As such, SB 6 would have robbed a duly elected write-in candidate such as Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski of a victory, as all votes cast for her would have been tossed out. . . . In the interests of preserving the intent of the voters, this provision of SB 6 must be overturned.. . . .
So I ask for your vote, though I realize it's a long shot . . . I would work tirelessly to brew up better government, put a lid on wasteful spending, find common ground among our electorate, and fight to see that the average citizen has the opportunity to run for office and stir things up a bit in Sacramento.
Last month, I wrote at CAIVN: "Two special elections for State Senate scheduled on February 15th will be the first to be held under California’s “top two” open primary, and at least one candidate, Michael Chamness, is running in protest of the new system." In an op-ed for the Daily Breeze, Chamness states his case against the "top two" primary system: