AirTalk for May 10, 2010

The future of voting in California: Prop. 14 and the open primary

If they put it on the ballot, will voters come?

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A voter walks from the polling place inside Fire Station 38 as people go to the polls for a special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers to decide on statewide budget-balancing ballot propositions on May 19, 2009 in Pasadena, California.

The idea is to assure that the candidates with the greatest number of votes square off in state elections. Instead of having a Republican and a Democrat face each other, the system would allow for a slate of candidates and the two highest vote takers would battle it out on a general election ballot. Proponents say it will make elections fairer and cut across party lines. Opponents say it will effectively block third party candidates from ever reaching the general election. Larry hears both arguments and gets KPCC listeners to chime in.

Guests:

David Fleming, Yes on Proposition 14, Founding co-chair of the Los Angeles Business Federation

Keith Carlson, No on Proposition 14, Treasurer of the California Republican Party


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