Speaker G. Mark Mickelson and his new big-money friends from California get their special treatment: we vote on the Marsy’s Law fix at our June 5 primary. The House gave final approval to the ballot measure (House Joint Resolution 1004) and the $200,000 funding for the special vote (House Bill 1162) yesterday with minimal opposition.
Along with the obvious question of whether we should vote for this special favor to amend the Californian graffiti in our constitution, two practical questions for voters arise from the unique primary placement of this ballot measure:
- Two amendments have already been certified for the November ballot. By law, they should be designated Amendments W and X. Will the Marsy’s fix still be labelled Amendment Y, even though we will vote on it before X and Y?
- Is this single ballot measure worth turning out to vote on for voters who won’t have any primary contests or local candidates to vote for?
- If tinkering with the crime victims bill of rights is worth coming to the polls, should Democrats and other interested non-Republicans get more bang for their buck by switching their party registration to Republican and voting in the Noem/Jackley and Johnson/Krebs/Tapio contests?
Ancillarily to #3, I’m curious: can Democratic candidates who file nominating petitions prior to the primary change their registration in May to Republican, vote in the primary, then switch back to Democratic before convention and retain their position on the Democratic general election ballot?