Measure 65

Proposed by initiative petition to be voted on at the General Election, November 4, 2008.

Ballot Title

Changes general election nomination processes for major/minor party, independent candidates for most partisan offices

Result of "yes" vote

"Yes" vote changes general election nomination processes for most partisan offices; all candidates run in single primary; top two primary candidates compete in general election.

Result of "no" vote

"No" vote retains the current party primary election system, retains procedures for the nomination of minor political party and independent candidates to the general election.


Currently, major parties nominate candidates to general election through party primaries; minor parties, independents nominate candidates directly to general election. Multiple candidates for office may appear on general election ballot. Measure changes those nomination processes for most partisan offices, including United States Senator; Congressional Representative; Governor; Secretary of State; State Treasurer; Attorney General; State Senator; State Representative; any state, county, city, district office that is not nonpartisan/for which law authorizes political party nominations to general election. Primary ballots contain all prospective candidates; elector may vote for candidate regardless of elector's, candidate's party affiliation. Only top two candidates in primary compete in general election. Primary, general election ballots must contain candidates' party registration, endorsements. Eligible person, regardless of party affiliation, may fill vacancy. Other provisions.

Estimate of financial impact

The measure requires one-time spending by both state and local government of approximately $100,000 total for computer programming changes.

The measure requires approximately $100,000 every two years in additional state government spending for the primary election voter's pamphlet.

The measure requires approximately $227,000 every two years in additional local government spending for primary ballot printing and postage.

The measure does not affect the amount of funds collected for state or local government.