Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment by Bruce E. Cain, Elizabeth R. Gerber

By Bruce E. Cain, Elizabeth R. Gerber

Seventy two tables, thirteen line figures California's adoption of the blanket basic in 1996 offered a special ordinary scan at the influence that election ideas have on politics. Billed as a degree that might raise voter participation and finish ideological polarization, Proposition 198 put California citizens once more at the frontier of political reform. utilizing numerous facts resources and methodologies, the members to balloting on the Political Fault Line practice their wide-ranging services to appreciate how this transformation in political associations affected electoral habit and results. This authoritative research analyzes the results of California's test with the blanket basic, together with the occurrence of, motivations at the back of, and patience of crossover vote casting; the habit of applicants and donors; the consequences on candidate positions and get together structures; and the implications for girls, minorities, and minor-party applicants. released in organization with the Institute of Governmental reports, college of California, Berkeley

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This does not mean that most voters lacked information that would allow for low-level instrumental voting. California’s publicly provided ballot pamphlet includes a series of explicit arguments about who would win and who POLITICAL REFORM VIA THE INITIATIVE PROCESS 43 would lose under each proposed measure, and lists the names of elites who support and oppose the measures. Over half of California’s voters use information from these pamphlets, relying upon them more than any other source of information when voting on ballot measures (Bowler and Donovan 1998, 57).

Barry Company. CROSSOVER VOTING BEFORE THE BLANKET 35 ———. 1922. Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1921. San Francisco: Press of the James H. Barry Company. Hill, Gladwin. 1959a. ” New York Times, Sunday, January 18, 64. ———. 1959b. ” New York Times, Monday, March 16, 15. ———. 1959c. ” New York Times, Sunday, April 26, 67. Jones, Bill (Secretary of State of California). 1996. Financing California’s Statewide Ballot Measures: 1996 Primary and General Elections Campaign Receipts and Expenditures through June 30, 1996.

Some crossover voting occurred for the simplest of reasons: no candidate registered with the relevant party filed, and so voters who went to the polls and preferred not to abstain from voting in the given race could only back candidates from other parties. We use the label “no option” for all such crossover voting. In all remaining cases, primary voters did have a choice between candidates registered with their own party (who might or might not have been running in other primaries) and cross-filers who were registered with another party and running in at least one other primary.

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