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Other states with top-2 primaries show mixed results (access required)

Some critics worry that California’s 31st Congressional District reflects what will happen in Arizona if voters pass the top-two initiative to change the state’s primary election system.

Although the district leans Democratic, four Democrats split up the vote in the June primary, allowing two Republicans to advance to the general election.

Others predict that Arizona would benefit from such a system, saying California’s elections have become much more competitive and participation among independents has increased.

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Will history repeat itself?

Montgomery said his role with the Save Our Vote committee will be as its public face, and he said he has already begun meeting with people and groups who have backed the top-two initiative and given presentations about why he believes it is bad public policy.

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Lawmakers preparing for special session on ‘top-2’ primary (UPDATED) (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer wants lawmakers to refer a measure to the ballot to correct what she views as the most glaring problem with a proposal to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona.

But while many lawmakers have talked for months about referring a competing ballot measure that could potentially sink the Open Elections/Open Government Act in November, Brewer wants to keep the focus of a planned special session narrow.

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