California Bill on Informing Independent Voters of Their Choices Advances

Ballot Access News

On July 10, California AB 837 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. This is the bill that requires election officials, whether at the polls or when dealing with postal voters, to fully inform independent voters that they are free to choose a certain partisan primary ballot in the presidential primary. If the bill had been in effect in 2016, it would have guaranteed that independent voters were told that they could choose a Democratic, Libertarian, or American Independent presidential primary ballot.

The bill had already passed the Assembly and now goes to the Senate.

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