CMV SB54 Comparison

Comparison: Count My Vote and SB 54

Current System

CAUCUSES: Delegates are chosen CONVENTIONS: For each party, delegates choose a single candidate for the general election ballot; OR if no candidate receives a certain threshold of votes, two candidates are selected to advance to the primary SIGNATURE PETITIONS: Not relevant for political party candidates

Count My Vote

CAUCUSES: Delegates are chosen CONVENTIONS: Delegates no longer have the official role of selecting candidates for the ballot (primary OR general election)

SB54

CAUCUSES: same as current system CONVENTIONS: For a QUALIFIED POLTICAL PARTY*same as current system A registered political party who does NOT meet the requirements of a QUALIFIED POLITICAL PARTY* must follow CMV procedures to put candidates on the ballot

PRIMARIES: For each party, voters select a single candidate to advance to the general election ballot

SIGNATURE PETITIONS: Candidates MUST gather signatures to appear on the general election ballot. Primary needed two or more candidates PRIMARIES: Candidates who gathered sufficient signatures will appear on the primary ballot

SIGNATURE PETITIONS: Candidates may gather signatures to appear on the primary ballot, whether they go through the convention system or not

PRIMARIES: For a QUALIFIED POLITICAL PARTY*, candidates are chosen by the voters of the party AND unaffiliated voters to advance to the general election ballot A registered political party who does NOT meet the requirements of a QUALIFIED POLITICAL PARTY* must follow CMV procedures to put candidates on the ballot

*a QUALIFIED POLITICAL PARTY is a registered political party which • allows unaffiliated voters to vote in the primary • allows remote voting by delegates to nominate candidates • provides procedures for designating alternate delegates • does not hold convention before April 1 • allows party candidates to use either convention or petitions (or both) to appear on the ballot • certifies to the lieutenant governor by September 30 of the odd numbered year that the party intends to nominate candidates

using both procedures

Comparison: Count My Vote and SB 54

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