1998 Primary Election - June 2, 1998
Explanation of the Open Primary Law
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The 1998 Primary Election will be California's first "open Primary." Before the open primary system was adopted by voters in 1996, in Primary Elections you could vote only for candidates from the political party in which you were registered. Republicans could vote for Republicans and Democrats could vote for Democrats, etc... Only candidates from your party were listed on your ballot.

On June 2, 1998 this will change! The open primary is open to all registered voters. Your Primary Election ballot will have the names of candidates running for offices from every political party. You can vote for whomever you wish, but you can only vote for one candidate in each race. The top vote-getters in each race from each party will compete against each other in the November General Election.

The open primary applies to all candidates for partisan office, including Governor and other statewide offices, State Senate and Assembly, and U.S. House of Representatives. The only exception is the County Central Committee. The law still requires that only voters registered in a particular political party can vote in that party's Central Committee election.

You can get more information about the Open Primary by calling 1-800-345-VOTE or by visiting our website at www.sos.ca.gov.