Judge rules on Calif. open-primary ballot measure | TheUnion.com

Judge rules on Calif. open-primary ballot measure

SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has altered the language of California’s open-primary ballot measure after a last-minute push by its opponents.

Judge Allen Sumner made the changes to Proposition 14’s title and summary on Friday, four days before June ballot measures go to the printer.

The measure would change primaries so the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, would advance to the general election. Lawmakers of both major parties don’t like it and opponents filed a lawsuit last week to contest its language.

The judge expanded the summary and made significant changes to the section describing the measure’s potential cost.

It was unclear Friday morning whether either side would appeal the ruling.

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