Bring back blanket primary

RE: “A million independent voters risk being irrelevant in California’s presidential primary,” June 19, 2019.

CALmatters’ Ben Christophe reports that Chad Peace wants a presidential primary ballot that lists all the presidential candidates.  

Ironically, California had a presidential primary like that in 2000. There was one presidential primary ballot that listed all the candidates of all six qualified parties. Election officials tallied up the votes separately for each party’s voters. So the Statement of Votes has fascinating data about how the registered members of each party voted on that unitary ballot.

We had a blanket primary in 2000, and people seemed happy with it. I urge Chad Peace to advocate a return to the blanket primary, which could be made constitutional if it were made voluntary for each party that participates.


Richard Winger, San Francisco

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