Frequently Asked Questions

San Diego County’s current system allows candidates to win elections in the June primary, when as few as 20 percent of voters participate. This measure would ensure final decisions on candidates are made in November, when as many as 80 percent of voters cast ballots.

The following are some common questions regarding San Diego's Full Voter Participation measure.

WHAT DOES THE Full Voter Participation Act DO?

FVPM aligns county election rules with city, state and federal rules to require a November run-off of the top-two candidates for County Supervisor, District Attorney, Sheriff, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, Treasurer-Tax Collector and Members of the County Board of Education

WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

Democracy functions best when the most voters participate, and that is in the November general elections, not the June primary elections.

DOESN’T EVERYBODY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO VOTE IN JUNE?

Voters cannot exercise their responsibility if they are confused by county election rules that differ from city, state and federal rules. We can eliminate that confusion by holding the county to the same standard.

WILL IT COST TAXPAYERS MORE MONEY TO PUSH FINAL ELECTIONS TO NOVEMBER?

As a savings to taxpayers, in the event that there are only two eligible candidates for a county office, the June election would be eliminated and the election would be in November.

It would only cost a few cents more per voter than the current system.

WON’T THIS MEASURE EXTEND CAMPAIGNS UNNECESSARILY?

This is about making our democracy work. This is not about speed or expediency.

IF WE ARE TRYING SOMETHING NEW, SHOULD WE CONSIDER OTHER VOTING SYSTEMS?

This measure is not about trying out something new. It is about conforming to city, state and federal election processes to avoid voter confusion and maximize voter participation.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SIGN THE PETITION?

To qualify, the measures proponents must present 67,837 valid signatures to the county Registrar of Voters.  It will then be certified as a measure for the November 2018 ballot and all county voters will have an opportunity to weigh in.

WHO IS BEHIND THIS EFFORT?

The measure is supported by a broad coalition of Taxpayers, Community and Voting Rights Leaders, Unions and Good Government Advocates across the political spectrum.

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