Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 568, the Prime Time Primary Bill. This bill, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara and sponsored by Secretary of State Padilla, moves California’s primary elections up from June to March. Beginning in 2020, this will allow California to have more of a say in choosing the candidates in the presidential primary elections.
“The Golden State will no longer be relegated to last place in the presidential nominating process,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “California’s primary will officially be in prime time. Candidates will not be able to ignore the largest, most diverse state in the nation as they seek our country’s highest office.”