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There were 531 contests, 108 measures and 2,023 candidates
listed for California. Ohio had 157 contests, 31 measures
and 482 candidates listed. That's a grand total of 688 contests,
139 measures, 2,505 candidates and over 275,000 pages viewed.
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Close-up on Elections
It's easy to see what issues are in the political limelight
in other communities by using Smart Voter.
Education Ballot Issues
Californians in general were in favor of supporting their
schools financially. Los Angeles County voters passed five
ballot measures to issue bonds for school improvements.
San Mateo County
San Mateo County had seven education related ballot
issues. Five bond issues passed that will fund school
improvements and one special tax passed that will maintain
academic standards. One issue failed that would have resulted
in a parcel tax to fund instructional programs.
Voters in Stanislaus County supported all four education
related issues on the ballot. Three bond issues to fund
school improvements and one to build a high school passed
with percentages in favor ranging from 67 to 82 percent.
Support for quality instruction was high on the list
issues in Alameda County also. Voters in the cities
of Alameda and Oakland passed parcel taxes to enhance and
maintain quality education in their schools.
San Francisco had energy-related issues (issue bonds
for renewable energy sources) and land use issues (filling
in the bay more than 100 acres will require voter approval).
In Los Angeles, nearly three fourths of voters said
no to Measure
D, which would have resulted in the creation of a new
school district in Carson.
Less than 600 votes determined the outcome in the City
of Cincinnati ballot Issue 6 to amend the city charter
to limit campaign contributions and increase reporting requirements
and penalties. The issue passed.