more voters = better decisions

Frequently Asked Questions

Democracy functions best when the most people participate

San Diego County’s current system allows candidates to win elections in the June primary, when as few as 30 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?

Measure D 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 IS THIS 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?

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

As a saving 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.

WON’T THIS MEASURE EXTEND CAMPAIGNS UNNECESSARILY?

No. Measure D ensures that elections occur when voters reasonably expect them to occur, the general election, rather than a low-turnout primary where as few as 30% of voters participate.

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

This measure is not new. Measure D would simply close a loophole in County election law and make sure county elections conform with the city, state and federal election processes to avoid voter confusion and maximize voter participation.

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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