State bill that could help Democrats in election headed to Senate hearing

State legislation opens the door to major changes in San Diego County elections is a step closer to becoming law and setting a new policy that could help put more Democrats in power.

A bill introduced in February by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, cleared the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee on Tuesday, and is headed to the full Senate.

The legislation applies only to San Diego County, and it would authorize the Board of Supervisors or a voter initiative to require races for all county offices to be decided in the November general election.

Currently, candidates for supervisor, district attorney, sheriff, treasurer-tax collector, assessor/recorder/county clerk, and the board of education, can win in the primary election if they receive more than half the vote.

The change would mean that elections for all county offices are decided in November, when turnout is highest, and typically increases among Democrats.

Gloria said that electing politicians when turnout is highest mean more people will pick their representative.

 

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