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SB 408 - Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election - Key Vote

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NOTE: THIS BILL IS A REFERENDUM, AND REQUIRES APPROVAL BY THE VOTERS IN THE NEXT ELECTION.

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Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (29-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that limits the number of candidates in a general election to the top 2 candidates from the primary election.

Highlights:
  • Establishes a “top 2 primary” election process for partisan public offices, except political party precinct committee offices or elections for a presidential preference primary (Secs. 19 & 20).
  • Defines a “top 2 primary” system as a system that narrows the number of candidates for each office to the 2 candidates who receive the highest number of votes cast in the primary race, without any political party preference taken into account (Sec. 19).
  • Specifies that in a “top 2 primary” system, a candidate may state a preference for any political party, established or not, on his or her declaration of candidacy, though this statement is not evidence that the preferred political party has nominated or endorsed the candidate (Sec. 22).
  • Specifies that a “certificate of selection” is to be awarded to the individuals authorized by law to advance from a primary election and the individuals are to appear on the general election ballot (Sec. 19).
  • Defines “certificate of selection” as the certificate awarded to an individual or individuals authorized by law to advance from a primary election and appear on the general election ballot (Sec. 19).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (57-43) - (Key vote)

Title: Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that limits the candidates in a general election to the top 2 candidates from the primary election.

Highlights:
  • Establishes a “top 2 primary” election process for partisan public offices, except political party precinct committee offices or elections for a presidential preference primary (Secs. 19 & 20).
  • Defines a “top 2 primary” system as a system that narrows the number of candidates for each office to the 2 candidates who receive the highest number of votes cast in the primary race, without any political party preference taken into account (Sec. 19).
  • Specifies that in a “top 2 primary” system, a candidate may state a preference for any political party, established or not, on his or her declaration of candidacy, though this statement is not evidence that the preferred political party has nominated or endorsed the candidate (Sec. 22).
  • Specifies that a “certificate of selection” is to be awarded to the individuals authorized by law to advance from a primary election and the individuals are to appear on the general election ballot (Sec. 19).
  • Defines “certificate of selection” as the certificate awarded to an individual or individuals authorized by law to advance from a primary election and appear on the general election ballot (Sec. 19).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (28-0) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election

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