Presentation: Update on Legal Cases against Proposition 14/SB6

Presentation: Update on Legal Cases against Proposition 14/SB6 

Sponsor: Coordinating Committee

Background: Proposition 14 was passed by in the June 2010 California primary and changed the way the state conducts its elections. Party primaries are eliminated and no longer does a candidate from every ballot qualified party appear on the General Election ballot.  Proposition 14 provides multiple threats to the Green Party 

At the April 30/May 1, 2011 General Assembly in Berkeley, the GPCA heard a summary of the legal arguments against the Top Two primary (Proposition 14 in California, Initiative 872 in Washington State), as well as Senate Bill 6 (SB6), Proposition 14's implementing statute in California. A video of that presentation is here, featuring Richard Winger of Ballot Access News and Gautum Dutta, attorney against SB6 (

Since then the case against Initiative 872 lost at the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take it upon appeal. At the same time, SB6 went to the Ninth Circuit Court and was heard February 13, 2013. An analysis of that hearing is here and a  running update of that case can be found here on Dutta's website. In addition, a newer challenge to Proposition 14 was filed on November 21, 2011 in Oakland by the Green Party of Alameda County, the Libertarian and the Peace and Freedom Parties of California, and a number of individuals, including California Greens Michael Rubin and Kate Tanaka. A copy of the original complaint is here and an amended version on February 14th here. The judge issued a tentative ruling on June 7, 2013 on whether a trial is needed.

Presentation: Dutta and/or Winger and Rubin will be present to make an update on the status of these legal cases.