Top Two was sold to the voters in California as a way to get “extremists” and people outside the mainstream out of politics, increase voter turnout, and give voters more options (at least in the primary).
Many voters bought the propaganda and jumped on board and I’m sure that when they looked at their primary ballot with dozens of choices they felt that they had more choices than they knew what to do with. But a primary ballot with lots of options says little about what a general election ballot will look like.
Now the reality is starting to sink in. After results from Tuesday’s primary election were tabulated, Mercury News reported the following:
“In about one-sixth of the state’s legislative and Congressional races, either two Democrats or two Republicans will be on the ballot as a result of Tuesday’s primary that sent the leading two vote-getters into a November runoff. Democrat will face Democrat in 18 races, and Republican will battle Republican in eight more”
So much for voter choice. But it gets even worse. The article continues by pointing out what I have been warning about in this blog since Top Two started picking up steam. You will never see third party candidates on a general election ballot again in California!
“As expected, though, the biggest casualty from Tuesday’s foray into a top-two primary were third-party candidates: Not one made it through to November’s ballot in the 153 state and federal legislative races.”
California has succeeded in effectively silencing dissenting voices and candidates who think outside the box.
Keep all of this in mind when you see Top Two on the Arizona ballot this year.
I can assure you that State Representative Tom Chabin and others who fought so hard to get Top Two in Arizona do not have your best interests at heart.
June 9, 2012 UPDATE: Last night State Representative Tom Chabin deleted and blocked me from his Facebook page after I brought up the Mercury News article. Today he issued a statement that reads in part:
“I blocked E Dorfsmith from posting on my facebook page because of the hostile attacks against me personally.”
Chabin has not been able to provide any evidence of hostile verbal attacks from me because they simply do not exist. I find it underhanded of him to attack me by name on his page knowing full well that I cannot defend myself there. But that’s pretty typical of the way he treats those who disagree with him.
I also have to laugh at his pretense of being willing to discuss controversial issues after banning me from his page (see photo below).
Tom Chabin openly admits that he supports getting rid of third parties through the Top Two system. (Click to enlarge).