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Expanding the California State Assembly Ideologically

Secretary of State Alex Padilla may want our state and local governments have ethnic diversity, but how about ideological diversity. My idea is a party list system that helps ideological minority political parties have a chance at representing voters. I want to have 40 extra assembly seats for each senate district that would allow for a minority political party have a chance IF both assembly districts nested in a state senate district are controlled by one party where they would be ineligible to run for that seat. The county chairs of the political parties recognized by the state would nominate their party list nominees to be placed on the ballot.

The rule would be where party list nominated candidates have to be registered as that political party for at least four years so the system would not be gamed as how in Washington DC where the political minority in the dominantly Democratic Party are offered two seats and Democrats drop their party affiliation in order to run in those.

Yes, Democrats can run in these party list seats and win some just as much as Republicans could gain an opportunity with this proposal. Parties such as Peace and Freedom and Libertarian Party can gain with this proposal where in Berkeley or San Francisco where the Republican Party would not have strong odds.

None of The Above for California

Californians should be able to express their displeasure for Top 2. We should be able to vote for a non-binding None of the Above as our choice in November. If you are in Duncan Hunter Jr.’s district in rural San Diego, or if you live in my congressional district in Pomona we should be able to vote for None of the Above. When your two candidates who win the top 2 are basically virtually the same, why vote?

Since we are not allowed for a write-in vote in November, this would be the best compromise. This would be a non-binding NOTA process, where this would not lead to a re-vote or a new election process. If Joe Baca got 25,360 votes, Gloria Negrette Mcleod got 39,550 votes and NOTA got 16,350 votes Gloria would still win the election.

In Nevada you must give up your vote for a candidate in order to vote for None of the Above and I would expect the same process to happen if we did it in California.

Electoral Fusion

I may not be an expert on this idea, but from what I have read on New York state policies, it may be a great idea to help out third parties.

Proposition 14 is going to make it hard on ballot access for third parties in California. The survival of the Peace and Freedom, Libertarian, American Independent and Greens will be in danger. My proposal is to reintroduce fusion voting in California.

This system is similar to New York State, where third parties would be able to run their own candidate or offer their ballot line and endorsement to a major party official. Unlike what happened in California, major parties can not fusion each other. You would not see Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner on the Republican and Democratic ballot lines, but you might see him on the Green and Peace and Freedom ballot lines as an example.

Ballot access would happen as long as your candidate during the governor election receives a given number of votes on that party’s ballot line. So Dave Jones would have to receive at least 100,000 votes on the Green Party ballot line for the Green Party to stay as ballot qualified until 2018. The party who wins the most candidates would have their party listed first in the third parties you can vote for in the electoral fusion.

I think we could have it where third parties could run candidates in the Top 2 election, but endorse their favorite major party candidate within 30 days of the end of the Top 2 election so their endorsements can be mentioned in the November election.

Since top two (Prop 14) shuts out the third parties, this may be the best solution in helping to keep ballot access for these parties.