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State of California March 5, 2002 Election
Proposition 43
Right to Have Vote Counted

Legislative Constitutional Amendment

3,382,174 / 71.5% Yes votes ...... 1,346,926 / 28.5% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the California Constitution be amended to require that every vote legally cast in an election be counted?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Amends Constitution to declare that a voter who casts a vote in an election in accord with the laws of this state shall have that vote counted.

Fiscal Impact from he Legislative Analyst:
No additional cost to state or local governments.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The State Constitution would be amended to affirm the right of a voter to have his/her vote counted. In addition, state law (1) would explicitly authorize county elections officials to ask the court for an extension of a post-election deadline to allow additional time to count votes and (2) would explicitly authorize courts to approve such a request.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The State Constitution would not be amended to affirm the right of a voter to have his/her vote counted. State law (1) would not explicitly authorize county elections officials to ask the court for an extension of a post-election deadline to allow additional time to count votes and (2) would not explicitly authorize courts to approve such a request.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of Statethe Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 43:
The right to vote is meaningless if you cannot be sure that your vote will be counted. Proposition 43 expressly provides you with a constitutional right to have your vote counted. By voting YES, you help ensure that elections are decided by voters, and not by courts or government officials.

For more information, see full Arguments & Rebuttals

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 43:
Proposition 43 sounds good--but will do more harm than good. The problem in California is NOT that ballots are not counted. The problem is that special interest groups and giant corporations buy elections. We desperately need some form of public financing of campaigns for state offices.

For more information, see full Arguments & Rebuttals

Contact FOR Proposition 43:
Ethan Jones

2707 O Street, #11; Sacramento, CA 95816; 916-443-6036; YesOnProp43@sbcglobal.net

Contact AGAINST Proposition 43:
Gary B. Wesley; Voter Information Alliance (VIA)

P.O. Box 90151; San Jose, CA 95109; 408-882-5070; http://www.VoterInformationAlliance.org

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Legislative Analysts's Office Nonpartisan Information

League of Women Voters

California Voter Foundation Events

KQED-FM 88.5 Public Radio

  • Discussion of Prop 43 - RealAudio archive of Forum program aired 2/28/02 (30 min) hosted by Michael Krasny. Guests: Henderson, Wesley
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News and Analysis

San Diego Union-Tribune

Ventury County Star
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