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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 23
"None of the Above" Ballot Option

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

2,339,915 / 36.3% Yes votes ...... 4,105,732 / 63.7% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Provides that voters may vote for "none of the above," but such votes will not be counted in determining who wins election. Fiscal Impact: Generally minor costs to state and county governments.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Voters would have the option of casting a vote for "none of the above" instead of a candidate in elections for certain state and federal offices. However, only votes for a candidate whose name appeared on the ballot or for a write-in candidate would count when determining a winner of an election.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Voters would continue to have the option of voting for a candidate whose name appeared on the ballot or for a write-in candidate, but would not have the option of voting for "none of the above."

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 23:
Gives voters the option of voting for "none of the above" in elections for all state and federal offices except judges. Votes for "none of the above" will be part of the official results, but the candidate getting the most votes will still win the office. Financial impact: not significant.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 23:
California voters deserve better choices and more voting power, but NOTA won't help because it's non-binding. Far better to work for real reform that will empower voters, like proportional representation and public financing of elections. Vote No on NOTA, because a vote is a terrible thing to waste.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 23:
Teri Shugart Erickson
Friends of Ernest Political Action Committee
P. O. Box 130
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 508-8682

Contact AGAINST Proposition 23:
Green Party of California
1008 Tenth St., #482
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-3437 cal

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

Easy Reading Voter Guide

League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation Secretary of State News and Analysis

Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs Desert Sun Torrance Daily Breeze Sacramento Bee
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