California’s entrepreneurs are changing the world with companies like Apple, Facebook and Tesla. But we’re innovating the democratic election process as well. Earlier this month Newsweek magazine published an op-ed I wrote with John Opdyke on California’s open primary system, “For More Inclusive Primaries, See how California Does it”.
We wrote that “In 2010, California voters were frustrated by an election system that produced perpetual gridlock and 99 percent incumbency protection. A broad left-right coalition, including the two of us, came together to shake up the status quo by adopting a public primary via ballot referendum.
Today, in California, there is no longer a Democratic primary and a Republican primary in races below president. There is one public primary. All the candidates appear on the ballot. Every voter is eligible to participate. And the two most popular candidates, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election. The seemingly modest change of moving from partisan primaries to public primaries has had major benefits for California.
The switch enfranchised 4.1 million independent voters who no longer have to ask permission to have a voice in their own government; elected officials must now reach out to all the voters in the first round, not just a partisan few, in order to get elected.” To read the piece in full, goto http://bit.ly/1PwPmIF