Two of the leading experts on the California’s top-two system of voting recently went head-to-head in a moderated debate. The webinar is described by Ballotpedia videos:
Under California’s top-two primary system, all candidates seeking a particular office, regardless of party, appear on the same primary ballot. This system makes it possible for the top two vote-getters who advance to the general election to be from the same party.
Listen to our free webinar as Ballotpedia’s experts moderate a discussion between election policy authorities Steve Peace and Richard Winger about the advantages and disadvantages of top two primaries and how candidates fared. Both Peace and Winger will bring years of experience to this discussion making it a webinar not to miss.
James Stephen Peace is an interesting character for sure. Peace co-produced the cult hit film ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’ and served 20 years in California’s legislature. He is also the founder of the Independent Voter Project that supports nonpartisan election reforms. Richard Winger, editor of the amazing Ballot Access News, recently wrote about the highlight of the night according to him in a Ballot Access News post following the webinar:
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the webinar is that Steve Peace declared his support for changing top-two to top-four, combined with ranked choice voting. Peace is the lead author of the California top-two system law, and is co-founder of the Independent Voters Project. Peace also said he favors restoring write-in space on general election ballots. On June 13, the Independent Voters Project announced that it now favors top-four instead of top-two. IVP also wants to use ranked choice voting in conjunction with a top-four system. See this story.
The webinar is about 45 minutes. Take a look: