With a new top-two system and newly drawn redistricting lines, the results of the upcoming June 5 primary are hard to predict. We’ll talk with election experts, political players and journalists about the important races to watch. How is redistricting changing the political landscape? And how is what’s happening in California impacting the national political stage?

Eric McGhee, research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and author of "Open Primaries," a report prepared for PPIC about the possible impacts of Proposition 14
Robert Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies
Carla Marinucci, political writer for The San Francisco Chronicle
Matt Rexroad, Yolo County supervisor, Republican political consultant and founding partner at Meridian Pacific

  • Speaking as a non-partisan independent, I see one of the main virtues of the new open primary to be the fact that independents can now participate. By making independents fully enfranchised participants in the electoral process, we will see outcomes that more fairly reflect the full breadth of the California electorate. I think we will also see more people become independents because some chose a party affiliation only to have the right to participate in primaries. This is good news for democracy in California.

  • utera

    Eh, it made the ballot more confusing with a list of candidates that was ludicrously long.

    I think they really need to stop putting in spanish with the same size and boldness of print as english, it only clutters the ballot into a horribly confusing mess.

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