California has what’s called a modified-closed primary system: there’s no crossover voting, technically, but parties have the option to allow unaffiliated voters to participate. In the 2008 Presidential primary, both the Democratic and American Independent parties took this option.
Proposition 14, on the June ballot, would replace this system with an entirely-open single primary, at least for statewide offices: all candidates would appear on a single ballot, and all registered voters could participate regardless of party affiliation. The candidates finishing first and second would then meet in a runoff.
Six years ago, a similar measure (Prop. 62) was defeated. I don’t know how this one is going to fare. I’m not even sure what I think of it. I’m used to the closed primary here, and, as Roberta X says, “a party’s actual members ought to be the ones influencing its direction and picking its candidates.” Then again, given some of the candidates we’ve seen in recent years, there might be reason to question those members’ judgment.
So I’m throwing this one open. How would you view a system like this?