California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has taken some artistic liberties with the state flag. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
In 2012, California instituted its new top-two primary voting system, also known as a nonpartisan blanket primary. This means that after the June primary election, the top two candidates, regardless of party, advance to the November general election. So, two candidates from the same party could be running against each other in the general election, which was the case in eight congressional districts during the 2012 election.
The sponsors of this new election system hoped that it would promote the election of moderate candidates and decrease political polarization in California. However, political scientists are finding that this goal has not been achieved in the elections since 2012. The above article presents the findings of various political scientists that has led to this conclusion.
After learning about different election systems last semester, do you agree with California voters' decision to implement this new system or feel that another system would work better or be more fair? Since merely instituting this system hasn't decreased political polarization, what else could be done to remedy this issue? Is political polarization even a problem needing to be fixed, or should it just be expected and accepted as inevitable?