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California Lawmaker Wants a Non-Partisan Secretary of State's Office

Max Pringle / CPRN

Max Pringle / CPRN

Republican Assemblymember Jeff Gorell authored the amendment. He says making the office that oversees the state’s elections non-partisan would enhance voter confidence.

The amendment would also give the job of drafting ballot language to the non-partisan Secretary of State’s office, taking that duty away from the Attorney General.

“The perception of that process would benefit, I think, by moving it over to an independent non-partisan elected Secretary of State’s office,” says Gorell

St. Mary’s College Politics Professor Steve Woolpert says that part of the amendment is more about the likely party affiliation of the Attorney General.

 “The Democrats who are likely to gain election to the Attorney General’s office, are going to be in a position to make decisions about state-wide ballot initiatives,” Woolpert says.

Two-thirds of the legislature would have to approve the amendment. It would then go to the voters in November.


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Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio