Wednesday, June 9, 2010

California propositions: Voters approve statewide open primary - latimes.com

California propositions: Voters approve statewide open primary - latimes.com

California voters went to the polls Tuesday and recast future elections in the state by passing a ballot measure that creates open primaries, one of five propositions on the ballot.

Proposition 14 victory changes future elections for congressional, state legislative and statewide offices. Proposition 13, the largely uncontested quake retrofit measure, also wins approval.

Two other initiatives put on the ballot by major corporations — Proposition 16, requiring voter approval before cities can get intothe electricity business,and Proposition 17, giving auto insurance companies more leeway in setting rates — were locked in close races.Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watch, said he was heartened that those propositions were so close despite tens of millions spent by companies that would benefit."I think it says the electorate isn't as stupid as the corporations think it is," Court said.

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