Posted: May 12, 2012 4:59 PM by CJ, The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's June 5 primary features plenty of uncertainty, as voters confront a new top-two primary system and new legislative and congressional districts drawn for the first time by an independent citizens panel.
The changes are meant to lessen the influence of the two major political parties and favor moderate candidates more in line with the growing number of unaffiliated voters.
Some candidates have been forced to search for new districts, move, or face challengers from their own party.
And many voters will see ballots that are much different than typical primary ballots, including a long roster of candidates.
There are also two initiatives to consider: a proposal to modify state lawmakers' term limits and one to add a $1-a-pack cigarette tax for cancer research, backed by cycling champion Lance Armstrong.
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