The Associated Press has called Proposition 14, with the proposition currently passing 60 percent to 40 percent. Both the Democratic and Republican party oppose the proposition, as do many third parties.
Proposition 14 sets up open primaries. All voters, regardless of party, receive the same ballot in the primaries for most offices. Only the two candidates with the most votes would move on to the general election. Write-in votes would not be allowed, so voters would have to choose between the two nominees in the general election. Supporters argue that this is a better reflection of the will of the voters and a worthy electoral reform.
This could lead to two members of the same party being the only choice for a particular party in the general election. Third parties are concerned that this will shut them out of general elections, with only Democratic and Republican candidates being on the general election ballot.
Members of both parties want to be able to choose one candidate to put the party's support behind in the general election. Activists are also concerned that it will lead to candidates needing to move to the center to get nominated due to members of both parties having those candidates on their ballots. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and moderate Republican Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado supported Proposition 14.