March Ballot Propositions
California voters have some tough decisions to make on
Citizens will decide on a $12.3 billion general obligation bond for
school construction (Proposition 55), a $15 billion bond
authorization to allow the state to pay off debt (Proposition
57), an initiative that reduces the two-thirds majority
currently required to pass the state budget to a 55 percent
majority (Proposition 56) and yet another that would change
the state Constitution to require that the state budget
be balanced each year (Proposition 58).
Local districts are also asking voters to approve funding
mechanisms for everything from libraries to school improvements
to traffic relief.
Official ballot language and related information are abundant
on Smart Voter. One voter put it this way,
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Veteran and first-time voters alike find that the PROS
and CONS, the League of Women Voters of California's unbiased
analyses of measures, distill and clarify these complex
issues into the vernacular of English and Spanish.
Find the depth of information YOU need on propositions
and measures on Smart Voter by keying your street address
and zip code into "Find my Ballot" at http://smartvoter.org
WEB SITE RESOURCES:
SMART VOTER: "Directory of California State Propositions"
Official ballot language with links to:
SMART VOTER: "Directory of California Counties"
- Secretary of State: Cal-Access Campaign Finance
Information - Find campaign committees and their income
sources and expenditures for the 2004 Primary
- Legislative Analysts's Office Find an overview of
state bond debt
- League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
- Delve into the background of ballot measures, how to
evaluate measures and steps in the initiative process
- Easy Voter Guide Nonpartisan Resource for new voters
and busy voters http://easyvoter.org/california/
Research local measures and candidates in any
California county that has a Smart Voter red star.
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