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Report · May 2014

Voter Turnout in Primary Elections

Eric McGhee

California’s new top-two primary system did not produce the increase in voter turnout that many had hoped for in 2012. But it did appear to engage independent voters. Examining primary voting trends over time, this report analyzes voter behavior and the potential impact of electoral reforms in this stage of the election cycle.

This research is supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.


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