Professor Derek Muller on California’s Election Rules — Los Angeles Times
Professor Derek T. Muller's commentary, "California's Election Rules Make it Hard to Hold Politicians Accountable," has been published in the Los Angeles Times. The article considers the effect of the decision to consolidate California's primary elections.
Excerpt from "California's Election Rules Make it Hard to Hold Politicians Accountable"
California used to go the polls three times during a presidential election year – for the presidential primary, a primary for other federal and state elections and the general election. To save taxpayer money – running an election in California can cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million – in 2011 the state consolidated all primaries into a single June election ahead of the November general election.
The consolidation decision cut costs and streamlined voting, but it also pushed California to the end of the presidential primary process and minimized the state's influence in the national contest.
The complete article may be found here