San Diego Union Tribune: Brown signs bill that could change San Diego County election proces

Friday, October 13, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Union Tribune:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that could make a major change to the mechanics of San Diego County elections. Currently candidates for county office can be named the winner after a primary election, if they win more than half of the votes. That eliminates the need for a runoff election in November.

If the charter is changed, the top two finishers would both advance to the general election — even if one of them won a majority in the primary.

“For too long, the County of San Diego has employed a fast track to county-elected office by allowing candidates to be elected in June with only a fraction of eligible voters participating,” Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, said in a statement. “We now have an opportunity to close that fast track.”