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Partisan Presidential Primary Elections.
Legislative Initiative Amendment.
Rebuttal to Argument against Proposition 3
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The national and state Democratic, Republican and other parties have indicated that if Proposition 3 is not passed, then THEY MAY ELIMINATE VOTER PRIMARIES ALTOGETHER AND USE A CAUCUS, CONVENTION OR BACKROOM PROCESS to select California presidential delegates. It's their legal right!

THE OPPONENTS TO PROPOSITION 3 ARE TERRIBLY MISINFORMED!

THEY'RE GAMBLING WITH YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE, TRYING TO WIN A BATTLE ALREADY LOST IN FEDERAL COURT SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO!

The Supreme Court has ruled that one state's election laws CANNOT dictate to the political parties and other 49 states how they conduct NATIONAL business.

The opponents believe they can "bully" all national political parties and the other states into seating the California open-primary delegations though that conflicts with national party rules approved by nearly all the states.

The opponents say the parties can change their rules and seat the California delegations. THEY ARE WRONG! The national rules CANNOT be ignored. Only a last-minute vote, after the convention has started, by the combined delegations of all the states on the convention floor can seat any California open-primary delegation. BUT THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION ITSELF CANNOT CAST A VOTE TO SEAT ITSELF!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO CAST A MEANINGFUL VOTE FOR PRESIDENT! Proposition 3 FIXES the Open Primary Act so that YOUR VOTE ONCE AGAIN COUNTS at the national level!

ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA
Speaker of the California State Assembly

BILL LEONARD
Assembly Republican Leader

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