The candidate filing period for the March 17, 2015 Special Primary Election is now closed. This is a special election to fulfill an unexpired term for the State Senate 7th District.
Prior to the “Top-Two Open Primary Act”, candidates running for partisan office appeared only on their own party ballot. The top vote-getter from each qualified political party and any candidates who qualified using the independent nomination process would move on to the General Election.
Now, under the Top-Two Primary, only the two candidates who receive the highest and second-highest number of votes cast at the primary shall appear on the ballot as candidates at the ensuing General Election, even if they are the same party.
The “Top-Two Open Primary Act” allows all candidates running, regardless of their party preference, to appear on a single combined ballot. Voters can vote for any candidate from any political party. The “Top-Two Open Primary Act” does not affect the Presidential Primary and County Central Committees, which are still party-specific contests.
Non-partisan offices such as Judges, School Board, Special District officers, City officials and the Superintendent of Public Instruction would remain open to all eligible voters.
What’s different with the Top-Two Primary?
You don’t have to be registered by party to participate in the Primary Election.
- You can vote for a candidate of any party preference.
- You can split your votes between candidates of various parties for different offices.
- You can “write-in” a qualified candidate.
- You don’t have to declare or affiliate with any political party.
- The two candidates with the most votes will appear on the General Election ballot even if they are of the same party preference.