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On November 8 2016, California will hold its General Election.

Here's a summary of election information.

Candidate platform summaries are summarized and shown only when publicly available.

You can find all our latest coverage, voting information, candidate and proposition summaries where available below.

On election night, we will be posting live updates and results.

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General Election

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 2016

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Polls are open from

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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You must be registered online or send your postmarked registration by October 24, 2016

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Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 8, 2016 and received by your local county elections office no later than November 14, 2016

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Find your polling place and more info:
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Federal & State

AT-A-GLANCE

There are 4 total scheduled televised debates between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R), and 1 vice-presidential debate:



Presidential Debate
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Moderated by Lester Holt (NBC)

Vice-Presidential Debate
Sunday, October 4, 2016 at 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Moderated by Elaine Quijano (CBS)

Presidential Town-Hall Debate
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Moderated by Martha Raddatz (ABC) and Anderson Cooper (CNN)

Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Chris Wallace (FOX)


In order for 3rd party candidates Gary Johnson (L) and Jill Stein (D) to participate in the Presidential Debates, they must poll above 15% in at least 5 "reliable" polls*

There are a total of 538 electoral votes.

270 electoral votes are needed to become President, a 4 year term

CANDIDATE
PLATFORM SUMMARY


Hillary Clinton


Former Secretary of State
Former U.S. Senator
Former U.S. First Lady

Domestic Policy

  • Raise minimum wage
  • Invest in infrastructure and manufacturing and clean energy
  • Tax relief for working families and small businesses
  • Equal pay for women
  • Immigration Reform
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • LGBT and racial justice
  • Gun violence prevention

Foreign Policy

  • Strengthen alliances and partnerships
  • Restore leadership around the world

Vice President: Tim Kaine

Gary Johnson


Former Governor of New Mexico
Businessman
Author

Domestic Policy

  • Stop wasteful spending and move towards eliminating national debt
  • Revise tax code to end penalization of productivity, savings and investment
  • Establish term limits of democratic representation
  • Create new jobs
  • Protect civil liberties
  • Support veterans
  • Criminal justice reform

Foreign Policy

  • Balance the protection of the country and the freedom of citizens
  • Immigration reform

Vice President: Bill Weld

Jill Stein


Physician
Researcher
Activist

Domestic Policy

  • Create millions of new jobs by transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030
  • Invest in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation
  • Create living wage jobs and advance workers' rights to form unions
  • Advocates single-payer health care insurance
  • Abolish student debt
  • Supports $15 minimum wage
  • Advance equality rights for all
  • Abolish corporate personhood
  • Label GMOs and protect the environment

Foreign Policy

  • Peace through diplomacy, international law and human rights
  • End drone attacks and wars, and cut military spending
  • Close Guantanamo Bay

Vice President: Ajamu Baraka

Donald Trump


Entrepreneur

Domestic Policy

  • Will build a wall on the border between Mexico and the Unietd States and make Mexico pay for it
  • End political correctness
  • Fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act
  • Veterans Administration reforms to help veterans
  • Tax reform to prevent jobs being lost overseas
  • Pro 2nd amendment
  • Immigration reform
  • Fight to suspend all Muslim immigration until immigration policies and threat levels have been properly assessed

Foreign Policy

  • Restore leadership around the world
  • Combat ISIS and other foreign terrorist threats

Vice President: Mike Pence



AT-A-GLANCE

Over 30 candidates ran for US Senate

Will fill Senator Barbara Boxer's seat

Serves as one of two Senators who represent the interests of California in the US Congress

Proposes and votes for new national laws

Votes on confirming federal and US Supreme Court justices, high level presidential appointments, civilian and military positions

6 year term

Kamala D. Harris (D)



kamalaharris.org

  • Civil rights, justice, and equality for all - including women, LGBT, immigrants, and minorities
  • Reinstate assault weapons ban
  • Reduce violence in communities by reinstating the assault weapons ban, taking down transnational crime organizations, supporting local law enforcement, and fighting terrorism
  • Modernize the criminal justice system
  • End mass incarcerations
  • Protect the environment through clean energy jobs and renewable energy standards
  • Comprehensive approach to the California Water Crisis: Conserve water, improve water infrastructure, and invest in water recycling and desalination technologies
  • Preserve California lands and national treasures
  • Fight terrorism and keep America safe
  • Reduce nuclear threats
  • End human trafficking
  • Stand with Israel
  • Support for veterans healthcare and education
  • Free tuition at community college
  • End predatory practices in higher education
  • Better financing and grant options for higher education
  • Lower tuition rates at public colleges and universities
  • Comprehensive immigration reform
  • Treat quality education as a civil right
  • Animal rights advocate
  • Workers rights through paid family and sick leave, raising the minimum wage
  • End the student debt crisis
  • Strengthen social security and Medicare
  • Invest in infrastructure and help small businesses

Loretta L. Sanchez (D)



loretta.org

  • Equality for women
  • Foster global collaboration managing climate change and fighting California's drought
  • Ensure safety for service men and women, and improving national security
  • Religious freedom and social justice for all persecuted individuals
  • Improve college access regardless of status or income
  • Create policies promoting job creation to sustain long term economic growth for middle class families
  • Work with unions for better wages, collective bargaining rights
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act
  • Fight for women in the military by increasing healthcare access, as well as honoring all military with healthcare
  • Supports immigration reform that will secure borders and keep families together

AT-A-GLANCE



Tom McClintock (R) is the incumbent, first voted in 2008

4th Congressional District is located near Central California and includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Placer, Mariposa, and Tuolumne, most of Madera County and the northeastern half of Fresno County

Representatives introduce bills, resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees

U.S. Representatives have a 2 year term

District Map

Robert Derlet (D)



derletforcongress.com

  • Wages and cost of living - will vote for policies that bring jobs back to the USA and increase the minimum wage
  • Push for legislation that will provide children with first class educational opportunities
  • Prevent financial institutions and corporations from cheating Americans with hidden costs
  • Will limit what insurance companies keep, cap maximum healthcare charges, and save money for American families and small businesses
  • Will prevent Social Security from being handed over to speculators or hedge funds

Tom McClintock (R)



tommcclintock.com

  • Incumbent
  • Reduce taxes and regulatory burdens on the economy
  • Modernize national defense
  • Against the Iran Nuclear agreement
  • Against the Affordable Care Act
  • Will address California's water crisis with building more dams

AT-A-GLANCE

Jim Costa (D) is the incumbent, first voted in 2004

4th Congressional District is located near Central California and includes Merced County and southern Madera County

Representatives introduce bills, resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees

U.S. Representatives have a 2 year term

District Map

Jim Costa (D)



jimcosta.com

  • Incumbent
  • Equal rights for women and minorities
  • Expand the Affordable Care Act
  • Pro 2nd Amendment
  • Supports higher taxes on the wealthy and stimulus programs
  • Will prioritize Green Energy
  • Enforcement of the right to vote
  • Against the privatization of Social Security
  • Pro Abortion and same sex marriage
  • Against pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
  • Against the expansion of the military
  • Against the legalization of marijuana

Johnny Tacherra (R)



tacherraforcongress.com

  • Will work towards building water storage and an understanding that farmers are the true environmentalists
  • Immigration reform - secure the safety of all Americans and fix the visa system, and address the unaccounted
  • Believes the current trade deals are not serving the middle class
  • Will support repealing the Affordable Care Act
  • Modernize the military while defending and supporting our allies

AT-A-GLANCE



David Valadao (R) is the incumbent, first elected in 2012.

21st Congressional District is located in the south-central part of California and includes Kings County, parts of Fresno, Tulare and Kern Counties

Representatives introduce bills, resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees

U.S. Representatives have a 2 year term

District Map

Emilio Huerta (D)



huertaforcongress.com

  • Will dedicate himself to closing the educational attainment gap and ensure constituents' educational needs are met
  • Will work hard to create an infrastructure for sustainable economic growth
  • Will fight hard to ensure the protection and conservation of water

David Valadao (R)



valadaoforcongress.com

  • Pro affirmative action
  • Neutral on the Affordable Care Act
  • Favors school choice
  • Opposes higher taxes on the wealthy
  • Opposes the prioritization of green energy
  • Favors a market-led recovery over stimulus packages
  • Favors the privatization of social security
  • Neutral on abortion and same sex marriage
  • Strongly favors keeping God in the public sphere
  • Believes there are no rights to clean air and water

AT-A-GLANCE

Devin Nunes (R) is the incumbent, first elected in 2002.

22nd Congressional District is located in the central portion of California and includes parts of Fresno and Tulare counties

Representatives introduce bills, resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees

U.S. Representatives have a 2 year term

District Map

Louie Campos (D)



facebook.com/lc4cd22/

  • Believes in the grassroots effort of returning government back to the people of the Central Valley

Devin Nunes (R)



devinnunes.net

  • Against Governor Brown's regulations of groundwater
  • Will push for a new tax code that lowers tax burden on individuals, families, businesses, and encourages investment, and disempowers tax collectors
  • Believes the healthcare system is too complex and patients are suffering
  • Believes in fracking and horizontal drilling
  • Believes there is a current lack of U.S. leadership which creates vacuums throughout the world

AT-A-GLANCE

Kevin McCarthy (R) is the incumbent, first elected in 2006.

23rd Congressional District is located in the central portion of California and includes parts of Los Angeles, Kern, and Tulare Counties

Representatives introduce bills, resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees

U.S. Representatives have a 2 year term

District Map

Kevin McCarthy (R)



mccarthyforcongress.com

  • Opposes affirmative action for minorities and women
  • Against Affordable Care Act
  • Pro 2nd Amendment
  • Opposes taxes on the wealthy
  • Strongly endorses the expansion of free trade
  • Opposes green energy
  • Favors the privatization of Social Security
  • Strongly opposes abortion and same sex marriage
  • Strongly favors keeping God in the public sphere
  • Opposes the legalization of marijuana

Wendy Reed (D)



wendyreedforcongress.com

  • Supports safe infrastructure, good hospitals, and the protection of those in need
  • Fight government corruption and bring ethics into the government
  • Equal treatment and access to education for all

AT-A-GLANCE

California State Assembly members serve for two-year terms with limits.

Frank Bigelow (R) is the incumbent, first elected in 2012.

The 5th Assembly district includes all of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Tuolumne counties and some of El Dorado and Placer counties.

Assembly members introduce, analyze and debate bills that may eventually become laws.

State Assembly Members have a 2 year term

Frank Bigelow (R)



frankbigelow.com

  • Will work across the aisles between Democrats and Republicans to create and retain jobs

Robert Carabas (D)



robertcarabas.com

  • Rebuild the living wage. Raising the minimum wage is only a step in the right direction
  • Expand upon the Affordable Care Act and provide a California single payer system
  • Address and fight global warming

AT-A-GLANCE

California State Assembly members serve for two-year terms with limits.

Adam Gray (D) is the incumbent, first elected in 2012.

The 21st Assembly District includes all of Merced County and some of Stanislaus County.

Assembly members introduce, analyze and debate bills that may eventually become laws.

State Assembly Members have a 2 year term

Adam Gray (D)



asmdc.org/members/a21/

  • Supports policies that help employers create good-paying jobs and invest in Central Valley communities
  • Will fight to support farmers and the agricultural community of the Valley
  • Will work towards safe and reliable water for consumers and farmers from the Delta
  • Will ensure students have the necessary tools and environment to learn, and improve public schools
  • Support infrastructure and transportation to help create more Valley jobs

Greg Opinski (R)




  • No information readily available

AT-A-GLANCE

California State Assembly members serve for two-year terms with limits.

Jim Patterson (R) is the incumbent, first elected in 2012.

The 23rd Assembly District includes some of Fresno and Tulare County, as well as parts of the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada

Assembly members introduce, analyze and debate bills that may eventually become laws.

State Assembly Members have a 2 year term

Jim Patterson (R)



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  • Sponsored several legislation including: Affordable Gas for California Families Act, College Savings Tax Relief Act, Hazardous Material Testing Methods, Textbook Accessibility Act, Minimum Franchise Tax Reduction for New Businesses and more
  • Introduced some legislation to improve the business climate
  • Worked towards making sure military overseas have sufficient time to vote

Gwen L. Morris (R)



facebook.com/Gwen2Win23rd2016

  • Will work towards developing infrastructure
  • Will address the water shortage
  • Committed to promoting a sound educational system
  • Will work towards a more fiscally responsible economy and breaking down barriers that block business / economic growth
  • Collaborating with the criminal justice system and health institutions for solutions to criminal activity, homelessness, human trafficking and improved services for Veterans and the mentally ill communities

AT-A-GLANCE

California State Assembly members serve for two-year terms with limits.

Devon Mathis (R) is the incumbent, first elected in 2014.

The 26th Assembly District includes all of Inyo County, most of Tulare County, and some of Kern County

Assembly members introduce, analyze and debate bills that may eventually become laws.

State Assembly Members have a 2 year term

Ruby Macareno (D)



facebook.com/MacarenoforAssembly

  • No information readily available

Devon Mathis (R)



devonmathis.com

  • Believes in small government and giving power back to citizens and counties

AT-A-GLANCE

California State Assembly members serve for two-year terms with limits.

Joaquin Arambula (D) is the incumbent, first elected in 2016.

A special election was held on April 5, 2016 after Henry T. Perea (D) resigned on December 31, 2015

Joaquin Arambula won the special election and received over 50% of the vote

The 31st Assembly District includes about 50.3% of Fresno County

Assembly members introduce, analyze and debate bills that may eventually become laws.

State Assembly Members have a 2 year term

Joaquin Arambula (D)



joaquinarambula.com

  • Supported by the Democratic party
  • Emergency Room Doctor
  • Wants to bring a medical school to Central California
  • His father held the seat from 2004 - 2010
  • Pro high-speed rail

Clint Olivier (R)



action.clintolivier.com

  • Supported by the Republican party
  • Current Fresno City Councilman
  • Running on platform of less taxes, repealing regulation, standing against the current Democratic led California government


Fresno County


AT-A-GLANCE

Strong mayor form of government that gives total administrative authority to the mayor

Ashley Swearengin was Fresno's mayor from 2008

Fresno mayorship is technically a non-partisan position

Lee Brand



leebrandformayor.com

  • Improve public safety by increasing the size of police and fire department officers, replacing equipment, and improving morale
  • Create new jobs and grow the local economy
  • Supports the Temperance Flat and improving water storage and infrastructure
  • Addressing homelessness and vagrancy
  • Restoring city infrastructure and adding more parks
  • Ensure education is properly operated and given enough resources
  • Against the high speed rail
  • Will fund efforts to revitalize Downtown Fresno

Henry R. Perea



perea4mayor.com

  • Will increase patrol officers
  • Will stop slumlords
  • Will create quality jobs

AT-A-GLANCE

The Mayor of Huron is elected every 2 years

Sylvia Chavez is the incumbent and was first elected in November, 2010

Sylvia Chavez




  • No information readily available

Rey Leon



facebook.com/leon4mayor

  • Will work for new energy and real change

AT-A-GLANCE

Stephen B. Hill is the current mayor of Kerman and his term expires this year

Rhonda Armstrong and Gary K. Yep are currently City Council members and are all running to replace Stephen B. Hill

"L.E." Lee Bradford




  • No information readily available

Rhonda Armstrong



facebook.com/RhondaArmstrongKerman/

  • No information readily available

Gary K. Yep




  • No information readily available

AT-A-GLANCE

Raul Cantu is the current Mayor Pro Tem

Former Mayor Joshua Mitchell resigned in June 2015

Frank Gonzalez




  • No information readily available

Raul Cantu



www.ci.sanger.ca.us/city-council-member-1.asp

  • No information readily available

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Lee Brand represented District 6 from January 2009 and his term ends January 2017, leaving the seat open for the four City Council candidates
  • District 6 encompasses Northeast Fresno from Bullard Avenue to Copper Avenue in the north, and Blackstone Avenue to Willow Avenue in the east
  • City council members generally act as a legislative branch of the city government, and also act as policy makers. Council members guide the city's goals through city projects, infrastructure, finances and growth

Luis Chavez



chavezforcitycouncil5.com

  • Will fight for public safety by expanding, advocating and working with police and encouraging community based policing
  • Will strengthen the fire department by hiring more firefighters, arson investigators, and upgrading outdated equipment
  • Will foster economic development with tax reforms, reduction in fees, and credits for businesses creating new jobs
  • Opposes poor city planning, leapfrog development and urban sprawl in favor of responsible growth, beautifying neighborhoods, and building neighborhood parks

Jose Barraza



josebarrazafordistrict5.com

  • Prioritize public safety by adding to the police force, fire department, and work with county jail authorities to keep dangerous criminals behind bars
  • Protect taxpayers through investing in more business-friendly legislation

Tony Gastelum



facebook.com/gastelumforfresno

  • Prioritize public safety by adding to the police force, fire department, and work with county jail authorities to keep dangerous criminals behind bars
  • Protect taxpayers through investing in more business-friendly legislation

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Lee Brand represented District 6 from January 2009 and his term ends January 2017, leaving the seat open for the four City Council candidates
  • District 6 encompasses Northeast Fresno from Bullard Avenue to Copper Avenue in the north, and Blackstone Avenue to Willow Avenue in the east
  • City council members generally act as a legislative branch of the city government, and also act as policy makers. Council members guide the city's goals through city projects, infrastructure, finances and growth

Garry Bredefeld



garrybredefeld.com

  • Will fight for public safety by expanding, advocating and working with police and encouraging community based policing
  • Will strengthen the fire department by hiring more firefighters, arson investigators, and upgrading outdated equipment
  • Will foster economic development with tax reforms, reduction in fees, and credits for businesses creating new jobs
  • Opposes poor city planning, leapfrog development and urban sprawl in favor of responsible growth, beautifying neighborhoods, and building neighborhood parks

Jeremy Pearce



pearceforcouncil.com

  • Prioritize public safety by adding to the police force, fire department, and work with county jail authorities to keep dangerous criminals behind bars
  • Protect taxpayers through investing in more business-friendly legislation

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Continues a 3/4th of a cent sales tax fund for public safety (passed in 2008) to continue
  • Funds police, fire, paramedics, 911 dispatch and more
  • Must receive more than 66.6% of the vote to pass
  • If passed, will extend measure for 10 years
  • YES arguments
    • Prevents cuts to vital public safety services without increasing taxes
    • Without Measure S, police and paramedic services will be reduced, 9-1-1 response times will be grow
  • NO arguments
    • Continues a 3/4th of a cent sales tax for 10 years
    • No official argument filed against Measure S

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Authorizes Fresno Unified to sell $225 million dollars in bonds for school infrastructure repair, creation, modernization
  • Money cannot be used on salaries
  • Must receive more than 55% of the vote to pass
  • YES arguments
    • Repairs and modernizes school infrastructure
    • Prohibits money to be spent on salaries
  • NO arguments
    • Not needed; focus and attention should be spent on Proposition 51 which grants billions in bonds at the state level for infrastructure at public school


MADERA COUNTY


AT-A-GLANCE

  • Robert Poythress is the current mayor of Madera and his term expires December 2015
  • Andrew Medellin was first elected to Madera City Council in 2011 and has held the office since

Andy Medellin



facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009389572110

  • No information readily available


MERCED COUNTY


AT-A-GLANCE

  • Mayor Stan Thurston is the current Merced Mayor and his term ends this year

Necola Adams



facebook.com/Necola-Adams-for-Merced-Mayor-2016-206642966395491

  • Will rebrand and revitalize areas as the city continues to expand towards UC Merced

Josh Pedrozo



joshpedrozo.com/

  • Will use common sense measures for the proper allocation of resources towards public safety
  • Will work to expand jobs, develop technology and clean energy economic sectors
  • Will strengthen city services

Mike Murphy



murphyformerced.com

  • Improve community safety by increasing police officers and implementing policies that allow a more productive police force
  • Will revitalize downtown Merced, focus on a regional retail center, better integrate UC Merced into the community, beautify the city and ensure a sustainable water aquifier
  • Promises to be clear and transparent to voters through quarterly addresses, town hall meetings, release of city budgets and social media

Noah Lor



facebook.com/noah.lor

  • No information readily available

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Jerry Antonetti is the incumbent mayor seeking reelection

Jerry Antonetti




  • No Information Readily Available

April Hogue



www.facebook.com/April-for-Mayor-of-Dos-Palos-287467631618167/

  • No information readily available

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Dennis Brazil is the incumbent mayor of Gustine and was first elected mayor in 2010.

Dennis Brazil



facebook.com/dennis.brazil

  • No Information Readily Available

Mel Oliveira



facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013076715318

  • Will bring back basic commercial amenities to the community
  • Encourage community involvement and volunteerism
  • Ensure local government reaches out to the community

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Mike Villalta is the current Los Banos mayor and is running unopposed

Mike Villalta



mayormikev.com

  • No Information Readily Available


PROPOSITIONS


AT-A-GLANCE

  • Bonds for School Facilities
  • Authorizes the state to take out $9 billion in bonds for school projects
  • $3 billion for new construction
  • $3 billion to modernize public K-12 schools
  • $1 billion for charter adn vocational schools
  • $2 billion for community college facilities
  • YES arguments
    • School upgrades and repairs for safer environment
    • Improve education overall and help expand space for larger student attendance
  • NO arguments
    • Add to state's debt, which is already more than $400 billion
    • Bond measures should be passed locally, giving communities control on how money is spent

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Private Hospital Fees for Medi-Cal
  • Makes fees private hospitals pay towards Medi-Cal permanent
  • Constitutional amendment making it more difficult for these funds to be diverted into the general fund, requiring a two-thirds majority vote to divert funds
  • YES arguments
    • Guarantees funding for Medi-Cal which helps low-income children and families
    • Makes sure state lawmakers cannot use this money for any other purpose
  • NO arguments
    • Will give hospitals $3 billion without a guarantee that it will help patients
    • Would potentially give more money to hospital corporations, not patients

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Public Vote on Revenue Bonds
  • Bonds that add up to more than $2 billion for a specific state project would have to be approved by voters
  • Local level bonds would not be affected
  • YES arguments
    • State should be required to get voter approval before taking on expensive projects
    • Allows voters a chance to hold state accountable for spending
  • NO arguments
    • Waiting for election can make it difficult for states to respond to disasters and emergencies
    • Voters from across the state should not be allowed to decide what is best for a project that affects a different local community

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Changes to the Legislative Process
  • Forces legislature to publish bills on the internet and in print at least 72 hours before a vote, except in emergency situations
  • Requires legislature to record all proceedings, besides those in closed sessions, and post them online
  • YES arguments
    • Posting bills and recordings of Legislature online would make it easier for California residents to see what lawmakers are doing
    • Would give public and lawmakers time to read new laws before they are passed
  • NO arguments
    • Would make it more difficult to pass laws; any change would require lawmakers to wait 72 hours before working on it
    • Would give people and groups in positions of power extra time to block or change bill before it can be voted on

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Extend Tax on High Income
  • Would extend income tax hikes under Proposition 30 (passed in 2012, set to expire at the end of 2016) until 2030
  • Anyone earning over $250,000 and couples earning more than $500,000 per year would pay 1 and 3 percent higher taxes on income over these amounts
  • Money collected mostly goes towards education and health care services
  • Money collected will provide extra funds towards Medi-Cal
  • YES arguments
    • Provide billions of dollars for schools and community colleges
    • Will only affect California residents who can afford to pay more taxes
  • NO arguments
    • Voters should respect decision in 2012 and allow old Proposition 30 to expire
    • Will hurt small businesses and eliminate jobs, and take money away from people who worked hard to earn it

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Tobacco Tax
  • Increases sales tax on tobacco and e-cigarette products by $2.00 per pack
  • Revenue will go towards health care programs, tobacco research and addiction prevention
  • YES arguments
    • Will help prevent people from smoking
    • Funds raised will provide millions of dollars for important healthcare programs
  • NO arguments
    • Does not provide enough money to help people quit using tobacco
    • Too much money spent actually enforcing the tobacco tax

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Parole, Sentencing and Court Procedures
  • Allows convicts to be put up for parole after they've served their full prison term for their primary offense
  • Allows for more good behavior opportunities for convicts to get released early
  • Allows judges instead of prosecutors to decide whether to try minors over 14 years old as adults or children
  • YES arguments
    • Reduce overcrowding in state prisons and save money spent on non-violent offenders
    • Encourage inmates to take advantage of educational and rehabilitation opportunities
  • NO arguments
    • Release a greater number of convicted felons onto the street
    • Weaken crime laws and fail to honor the original sentence ordered by a judge

AT-A-GLANCE

  • English Language Education
  • Schools no longer required to teach English learners in English-only programs
  • Integrated immersion programs would be offered that would allow some Spanish to be used to teach them as they learn
  • YES arguments
    • English learners should be educated in whatever way best meets their learning needs
    • Would give parents and school districts more control over the way children are educated
  • NO arguments
    • Since state requires instruction primarily in English, student test scores have improved
    • Would hurt students' chances of learning English by creating classrooms that primarily teach in Spanish

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Political Spending Advisory Question
  • A "YES" vote asks California's state lawmakers to do everything in their power to reverse the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision (Citizens United is a ruling which states unions and corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on political advertisements)
  • Proposition 59 is only an advisory question and does not guarantee a decision to amend the Supreme Court decision
  • Provides lawmakers with public feedback
  • YES arguments
    • Sends a message that California does not support Citizens United
    • Corporations and billionaires should not be permitted to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns
  • NO arguments
    • Waste of time; propositions should be used for real laws and not advisory questions
    • Does nothing to reduce campaign spending or help citizens get better information about political donations

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Condoms in Adult Films
  • Requires pornography actors to use condoms during filming
  • Requires producers of adult films to pay to vaccinate and test performers, as well as receive medical examinations related to STD's
  • YES arguments
    • Current law requiring the use of condoms in pornography is not being followed
    • Protects adult film performers from harmful diseases like HIV and AIDS
  • NO arguments
    • Not necessary; adult performers are already tested frequently for diseases
    • Married couples who film in their own homes could be sued

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Prescription Drug Costs
  • State agencies would be prohibited from paying more than the Department of Veterans Affairs pays for a particular medication
  • Applies to most state agencies except the state's "managed care system" (which covers 75%) of people on Medi-Cal
  • State would regularly check to make sure drug costs were not higher than those paid for by the VA
  • YES arguments
    • Would make sure California is not paying too much for prescription drugs
    • Would save the state millions to billions of dollars in healthcare costs
  • NO arguments
    • Would not apply to 88% of state residents, including most people on Medi-Cal
    • Removes discounts the state receives and increases healthcare costs, not reduce them

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Repealing the Death Penalty
  • Replaces California' death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole
  • 60% of wages earned by convicts would go towards paying restitution to the victims or their families
  • YES arguments
    • Would save the state millions of dollars
    • The only way to ensure no innocent person is ever executed in California
  • NO arguments
    • Need the strongest possible punishment for the most serious first-degree murderers
    • The pay that victims' families receives cannot make up for the lost life

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Gun and Ammunition Sales
  • Tighten's California's gun control laws
  • Requires background checks and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition
  • Prohibits large capacity magazines
  • Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons
  • Creates a new court process which ensures people convicted of felonies and some other crimes do not have guns
  • Probation officers required to make sure these people have given up their firearms
  • YES arguments
    • Makes sure violent criminals and people with mental illnesses do not have access to guns
    • Strengthens existing gun laws and prevents dangerous people from buying ammunition
  • NO arguments
    • Add to state's debt, which is already more than $400 billion
    • Bond measures should be passed locally, giving communities control on how money is spent

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Making Recreational Marijuana Legal
  • Legalizes marijuana and hemp (growing, possessing or use of marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older)
  • Creates 15% sales tax and a tax for cultivation of marijuana
  • Prohibits marketing of marijuana to minors
  • Authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for previous marijuana convictions
  • Regulation for businesses growing and selling non-medical marijuana
  • Funds raised would help pay for youth programs, environmental protection and drug education efforts
  • YES arguments
    • Sets up a safe, legal system to allow adults to use recreational marijuana
    • Would bring in more than $1 billion each year and lower state court costs
  • NO arguments
    • Would increase the illegal drug trade and hurt low income communities
    • Allows marijuana to be grown near schools and puts youth at risk of addiction

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Money from Carry-Out Bags
  • Different than Proposition 67
  • Money earned from taxed 10-cent bag would be allocated into a state account, to be used for special environmental funds administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board
  • Money to be used for environmental projects, recycling, clean drinking water, cleaning up beaches and improving parks
  • YES arguments
    • Grocery stores should not keep the money made from selling bags
    • Makes sure money collected would be used to help the environment
  • NO arguments
    • Voters should support Proposition 67 instead
    • Will not make much money because people will bring their own bags

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Death Penalty Court Procedures
  • Changes the court appeals process and speeds up California's death penalty process to execute more people
  • Limits petitions by convicts to slow down or stop the process
  • Imposes time limits on reviews of their case
  • Requires appointed attorneys who take non-death penalty cases to accept them
  • Exempts prison officials from the regulation process in developing new ways to execute people
  • Authorizes death row inmates to be transferred
  • Requires death row inmates to work to pay victim restitution
  • YES arguments
    • Appeals process for death row inmates needs to be quicker and less complicated
    • Would save money and ensure that justice is carried out in a timely manner
  • NO arguments
    • Would cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal and lawyer fees
    • Shortening appeals process increases the risk of executing an innocent person

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Plastic Bag Ban
  • Allows 2014 state law to go into effect, banning single-use plastic bags from grocery stores, convenience stores, large pharmacies and liquor stores
  • Would require stores to change to paper or thicker plastic carry out bags, and stores would be allowed to keep the money
  • Voting "no" on Prop 67 prevents law from going into effect across the state
  • YES arguments
    • Protects animals and the environment and saves the state millions of dollars in clean-up costs
    • Many communities have already banned single-use plastic bags; it's time to extend the bad across the state
  • NO arguments
    • Would require stores to charge 10 cents for bags that can be reused, instead of offering them for free
    • Would allow stores to keep millions of dollars from selling these bags
  • Voting on Proposition 65 and 67
    • If only Prop 65 passes - stores across state will continue the use of single-use plastic bags if allowed by local law. If lawmakers decide to pass single-use plastic bag ban across the state, money earned will go into an environmental fund
    • If only Prop 67 passes - stores would charge 10 cents for thicker, reusable plastic bags or paper bags and be able to keep earned money
    • If both Prop 65 and 67 pass - statewide ban on single-use plastic bag goes into effect. The proposition with the most YES votes will determine if a 10 cent fee from selling bags goes towards an environmental fund (Prop 65) or stores (Prop 67).