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CA Ballot Proposition Results--First Cut

Adrian Moore
November 3, 2010, 12:06am

OK, with 13% counted, some likely outcomes

Prop 19--legalize marijuana. yes 44.1% no 55.9%. So pretty much a gonner.  ANd a crying shame too.  CA could have taken a moderate step to bring marijuana use out into the light and see if people can be at least as responsible with it as they are with booze. I expect they would be, and CA was the place to try it. Still is.

Prop 20--have a citizen commission instead of legislature draw Congressional districts.  Yes 64.8% No 35.2.  So it almost certainly passes. Good deal. A big blow to gerrymandering, and more competitive races in future elections are likely to come of this.

Prop 21--vehicle tax to fund parks. No 59.8% Yes 40.2%. A bad idea going down. A car tax for parks--seriously?  How desperate can Sacramento get for our money? 

Prop 22--Prevent state from withholding local funds when they want to spend them at the state level instead.  Yes 64.4% No 35.6% Another step in forcing state government to live within its means.

Prop 23--Suspend the state's gigantic greenhouse gas reduction law.  No 59.5% Yes 40.5% A blow to the state's economy and a missed chance to redirect the state's approach to GHG reductions towards more cost-effective means.

Prop 24--Repeals some business tax cuts. No 59.5% Yes 40.1% Whaddya know, even in CA, tax increases aren't flying.

Prop 25--Simple majority to pass state budget.  Yes 54.9% No 45.1%  OH, my head!  Well, the outcome is not as certain here as those above. But if this holds, Katie bar the door. A simple majority can spend what it wants and put whatever tax increases it wants in the budget. We'll have kissed our super-majority protection against stupidity good bye.

Prop 26--2/3 vote requirements for "fee" increases. Yes 54.8% No 45.2%  How odd, by almost identical inverse proportions to voting away the super-majority requirement for a budget, people vote to strengthen the super-majority requirement for fee (aka tax) increases.  Sigh.

Prop 27--Eliminate redistricting commission and put redistricting back to the legislature. No 60.7% Yes 39.3%  As with Prop 20, people have caught on that politicians don't design districts in the voter's interests, but in their own. 


Adrian Moore is Vice President, Policy


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