Los Angeles County Finishes Counting Write-in Votes in June Primary; Republican Qualifies for November Ballot for U.S. House Race

Los Angeles County, California, has now finished tallying write-in votes for declared write-in candidates in the June 5, 2012 primary. In the U.S. House race, 37th district, there had been only one name on the primary ballot, incumbent Karen Bass, a Democrat. Therefore, whichever declared write-in candidate polled the most votes in this district would place second, and would appear on the November ballot. Three write-in candidates filed, a Republican, a Peace & Freedom member, and a Libertarian. The Republican received the most write-ins.

Republican Morgan Osborne got 36 write-ins; Peace & Freedom member Adam Shbeita received eight; Libertarian Sean McGary received four. Here is a link to all the Los Angeles County write-ins from the June primary for federal and state office.

This means that no minor party member will appear on the November ballot for any of California’s 53 U.S. House races. This is the first California election since 1966 with no minor party members on the November ballot for either house of Congress.

In state legislative races, the only minor party members who will be on the November ballot will be three Peace & Freedom members. All three were write-in candidates in the primary, and in all three races only one person, a Democrat, appeared on the primary ballot. The three Peace & Freedom Party members are Mary McIlroy for State Senate, 9th district (Berkeley); Eugene Ruyle for Assembly, 15th district (Berkeley); and Lee Chauser, State Senate, 33rd district (Los Angeles).


  1. Common Tater · · Reply


    Being something other than a Democrat or Republican in California now must feel like being a Jew in the early years of the Third Reich in Germany.

  2. Demo Rep · · Reply

    Top 2 = one more EVIL MORON alleged fix/reform.

    Gerrymanders control for the moment.

    1/2 votes x 1/2 gerrymander districts = 1/4 CONTROL.
    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

    NO moron STUNT primaries — with or without write-ins in de facto one party safe seat gerrymander districts.

  3. ouch. CA = third party no man’s land. 😦

  4. Derek · · Reply

    I’d prefer to favor a 2Round System than a Top2 System. My ideal 2Round System would be the following:

    – First round: Allow voters to vote for as many candidates as they wish, just like Approval Voting; the square root of the total number of candidates determines the number of candidates qualifying for the second round.

    – Second round: Allow voters to again vote for as many candidates as they wish; the candidate with the most votes wins.

    Of course there may be many times where the number of candidates in the final round here will be equal to 2. In order for there to be more than 2 candidates in the final round, the total number of candidates running must be from 7 on.

  5. Wow! Times have changed!

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