Measures E & EE

City & LAUSD Primary Election Realignment


BALLOT LANGUAGE

Charter Amendment E: Shall the City Charter be amended to realign the City’s primary election date with the State’s primary election held in March of even-numbered years, and make other related and technical changes to City election procedures?

Charter Amendment EE: Shall the City Charter be amended to realign the LAUSD Board of Education’s primary election date with the State’s primary election held in March of even numbered years, and make other related and technical changes to LAUSD election procedures?

 

OVERVIEW

In 2015, Los Angeles voters supported Charter Amendments 1 and 2, which moved mayoral, council district and school board races to even-numbered years to consolidate with federal and state elections. This change, recommended by the 2020 Commission, which the Chamber participated in, followed a 23 percent turnout in 2013.

In 2017, Governor Brown signed legislation (authored by Senator Ricardo Lara) to move California’s primary elections in 2020 to March, three months ahead of the when they were held in 2016. The goal is to increase the influence of California in deciding presidential candidates.

For 2020, the election would be held on March 3rd, with California joining at least eight other states in “Super Tuesday.” The state held its 2008 primary in February, and 2004, 2000 and 1996 primaries in March. Governor Brown had moved the timeline back to June in 2011 to save money.

 

Arguments in Favor

  • Will save money by lining up local elections with the statewide primary
  • Increased voter turnout
  • Was original voter intent in 2015

 

Arguments in Opposition

  • Calendar is longer, fundraising starts earlier
  • Longer gap between March and November elections
  • Local candidates get overshadowed

 

RECOMMENDATION: SUPPORT

The Chamber supported Measures 1 and 2 in 2015 to move City and LAUSD elections to even-numbered years. These measures adhere to that intent following state election date changes.