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Chamness v. Bowen

Chamness v. Bowen

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Published by Shawn M. Griffiths
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld implementation of Proposition 14 in California.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld implementation of Proposition 14 in California.

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FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
M
ICHAEL
C
HAMNESS
;
 
D
ANIEL
F
REDERICK 
;
 
ICH
W
ILSON
,
 Plaintiffs-Appellants
,andJ
ULIUS
G
ALACKI
,
 Intervenor-Appellant 
,v.D
EBRA
B
OWEN
, in only her officialcapacity as California Secretary of State; D
EAN
L
OGAN
, in only hisofficial capacity as Registrar-Recorder, County Clerk of theCounty of Los Angeles,
 Defendants-Appellees
,A
BEL
M
ALDONADO
;
 
C
ALIFORNIA
I
 NDEPENDENT
V
OTER 
P
ROJECT
;C
ALIFORNIANS TO
D
EFEND THE
O
PEN
P
RIMARY
,
 Intervenor-Defendants-Appellees
. No. 11-56303D.C. No.2:11-cv-01479-ODW-FFM
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(1 of 31)
 
C
HAMNESS V
.
 
B
OWEN
2M
ICHAEL
C
HAMNESS
;
 
D
ANIEL
F
REDERICK 
;
 
ICH
W
ILSON
,
 Plaintiffs-Appellants
,v.D
EBRA
B
OWEN
, in only her officialcapacity as California Secretary of State; D
EAN
L
OGAN
, in only hisofficial capacity as Registrar-Recorder, County Clerk of theCounty of Los Angeles,
 Defendants-Appellees
,C
ALIFORNIA
I
 NDEPENDENT
V
OTER 
P
ROJECT
;
 
C
ALIFORNIANS TO
D
EFENDTHE
O
PEN
P
RIMARY
;
 
A
BEL
M
ALDONADO
,
 Intervenor-Defendants-Appellees
. No. 11-56449D.C. No.2:11-cv-01479-ODW-FFMOPINIONAppeal from the United States District Courtfor the Central District of CaliforniaOtis D. Wright, District Judge, PresidingArgued and SubmittedFebruary 13, 2013—Pasadena, CaliforniaFiled July 3, 2013
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(2 of 31)
 
C
HAMNESS V
.
 
B
OWEN
3
The Honorable James G. Carr, Senior District Judge for the U.S.
*
District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, sitting by designation.This summary constitutes no part of the opinion of the court. It has
**
 been prepared by court staff for the convenience of the reader.
Before: Marsha S. Berzon and Paul J. Watford, CircuitJudges, and James G. Carr, Senior District Judge.
*
Opinion by Judge Carr 
SUMMARY
**
Civil Rights
The panel affirmed the district court’s order grantingdefendants summary judgment and denying a motion tointervene in this action brought by plaintiffs challenging theconstitutionality of certain sections of California Senate Bill6, legislation which, implementing California’s Proposition14, changed the California election system by eliminating party primaries and general elections with party-nominatedcandidates, and substituting a nonpartisan primary and a two-candidate runoff.The panel first dismissed as moot the appeal by two of the plaintiffs and the claims of a potential intervenor whichchallenged the counting of write-in ballots, noting that theCalifornia Elections Code has been amended to clarify thatvoters are not permitted to cast write-in ballots in top-twogeneral elections.
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