Attachment 9


Official Sample Ballot


Modified Close Primary

The March 5, 2002 Gubernatorial Primary Election is being conducted under a new election law called the Modified Closed Primary.

Here's how California's New Primary Election Law will affect you!

*Non-partisan registered voters may choose to vote for candidates from one of the following four political parties. Only these parties have adopted party rules allowing this voting option.
Democratic Party Republican Party
American Independent Party Natural Law Party
Partisan registered voters can only vote for candidates running for office in the same political party in which they are registered.
How did the law change?
Prior to 1998, under the Closed Primary law, partisan registered voters could only vote for candidates running for office in the same political party. *Non-partisan registered voters could only vote for non-partisan contests. Proposition 198, a State ballot initiative passed by voters on March 26, 1996, changed the Closed Primary to an Open "Blanket" Primary.
In 1998 and 2000, the Open "Blanket" Primary law allowed all registered voters (including non-partisan voters) to vote for any candidate on the ballot, regardless of party registration. On June 26, 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled California's Open "Blanket" Primary unconstitutional.
In response to the Supreme Court ruling, the State legislature passed the new Modified Closed Primary law.
*Non-partisan registered voters - voters who are not registered with any of the qualified political parties (American Independent, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Natural law, Reform or Republican).

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