Legislation to Reform the Elections Process for the County of San Diego Passes the Assembly
AB 901 by Assemblymember Gloria Advances to State Senate, San Diego One Step Closer to More Inclusive Elections
SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to better align the County of San Diego’s elections with local, state, and federal timelines was approved today by the California State Assembly. The vote was 51-24.
“Increasing voter turnout and engagement in our elections is a goal we should all strive for, and AB 901 will help us do that by ensuring decisions are made when voter participation is at its highest,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “It is well-documented that voter turnout is significantly higher during the general election compared to the primary. Because elections are the foundation of our democracy, it is only appropriate that ballot questions are answered when more voters participate.”
“Plain and simple, general elections see a higher voter turnout than other elections,” said Assemblymember Shirley Weber. “We see this every cycle where voter turnout is lower in the primary and higher in the general elections. This bill is an effective way to increase participation, which will make elected officials to be more representative of their constituents.”
AB 901 will permit the charter of the County of San Diego to be amended by ballot proposition – submitted by either the County Board of Supervisors of a petition signed by 10% of qualified electors – to require candidates for any countywide office be elected in the November general election. This means that candidates who receive the highest and second highest number of votes during the Primary election would move on to the General. In the event that there are two or fewer candidates for a particular office, those names will only appear on the general election ballot.
AB 901 is supported by Alliance San Diego, Asian Pacific Islander Communications Actions, the Center for Policy Initiatives, the Employee Rights Center, Environmental Health Coalition, Independent Voter Project, San Diego Organizing Project, and SEIU California.
Following today’s passage in the Assembly, AB 901 will head to the State Senate for consideration.
Assemblymember Gloria represents the 78th Assembly District of California, which includes the Cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, San Diego, and Solana Beach. He also serves as the Assistant Majority Whip. Assemblymember Gloria’s official, high-resolution photo can be downloaded here.
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