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No Party Preference

Created: June 5, 2012 by the passage of Proposition 28.
Highest Office Won: None (Yet)

The No Party Preference (NPP) designation applies to both voters and candidates who "who choose not to declare a party preference". On voter registration cards, NPP replaced the earlier "Decline to State".

  • Section 2(d) of the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act says; "The names of candidates who choose not to declare a party preference shall be accompanied by the designation No Party Preference on both the primary and general election ballots."

The first two candidates to use this designation (Michael T. Chamness and Mark Lipman) ran in the SD-28 Special Election to fill the vacancies created by the death of Senator Jenny Oropeza. Since then, nearly a dozen candidates have sought partisan office as NPP candidates, with the most successful being Paul Leon (who received 48.7% in his 2013 run for AD-52) and Bill Bloomfield (who received 46% in his 2012 run for CD-33).

  • The No Party Preference designation was created by the "Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act" [Proposition 14], which passed with 54.1% of the vote in the June 2010 Primary.