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By Bruce E. Cain, Elizabeth R. Gerber

Seventy two tables, thirteen line figures California's adoption of the blanket fundamental in 1996 provided a distinct common test at the effect that election principles have on politics. Billed as a degree that might elevate voter participation and finish ideological polarization, Proposition 198 put California citizens once more at the frontier of political reform. utilising quite a few info resources and methodologies, the participants to balloting on the Political Fault Line observe their wide-ranging services to appreciate how this alteration in political associations affected electoral habit and results. This authoritative research analyzes the results of California's test with the blanket basic, together with the prevalence of, motivations at the back of, and patience of crossover balloting; the habit of applicants and donors; the consequences on candidate positions and occasion structures; and the implications for girls, minorities, and minor-party applicants. released in organization with the Institute of Governmental reviews, collage of California, Berkeley

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Deficit Politics: Public Budgeting in Its Institutional and Historical Context. New York: Macmillan. Laakso, Markku, and Rein Taagepera. 1979. ” Comparative Political Studies 12, no. 1 (April): 3–27. Lee, Eugene C. 1960. The Politics of Nonpartisanship: A Study of California City Elections. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. ” 1959. Los Angeles Times, Friday, April 24, 1. Shannon, Don. 1959. ” Los Angeles Times, Saturday, April 25, 4. State of California. 1920. State of California Direct Primary Law with the Official Forms Prepared by the Secretary of State and the Attorney General.

The solid line marked “Total” is the proportion of primary votes that were cast for other party candidates. 9 The two panels tell similar stories. In 1910 and 1912, before cross-filing was permitted, a tiny amount of crossover voting occurred by way of write-in votes. S. House District in 1910), a candidate won Democratic and Republican nominations simply because no opponent from the other major party ran, and so a campaign to generate a small number of write-in votes was sufficient for victory. When multiple filing became legal in 1914, crossover voting increased markedly.

S. 0 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1950 1960 B. 2. Crossover voting in California primaries, 1910–64. 24 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND over this era, some districts are more influential than others in computations like these, which simply aggregate over the entire electorate. This is truer still for the California State Senate, which, from 1932 to 1964, was exceptionally malapportioned by design. No county, however populous, was allotted more than one Senator, and the forty Senate seats were distributed to the fifty-eight counties by combining the smallest few counties into duos or trios (see Brady and Gaines 1995 on the origins and implications of this system).

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