If you are undecided about any of the ballot measures or candidates, now is the time for you to be able to go to a trusted source and to know who your information is coming from. We suggest a number of guides and information sources from the short and snappy that can be read in a matter of minutes to the treatises if you have a particular nagging question or want to thoroughly research one of your decisions.
Be extra careful of the slate mailers you receive, as some of them are based on money paid by candidates or ballot propositions to be listed. None of the recommendations or information in the guides we list here are based on contributions.
Remember, if you don’t vote, someone else will decide whatever you leave blank on your ballot.
The Official Voter Information Guide of the State of California has information about all the ballot propositions with arguments pro and con. It is mailed to all voters. If you cannot find your copy, you can read it online at the Secretary of State’s page.
To see which candidates and initiatives have won endorsements from Speak Out California and other progressive groups, just go to their site and read Megabears Progressive Voter Guide. Follow the links and all the information you need is right there. Just click on the candidates name or the initiative number and it will take you to their website; click on the endorsing organization and it will take you to their site as well.
The California Voter Foundation’s 14th Edition of their voter guide is nonpartisan and designed to help California voters learn about candidates and propositions. It is packed with information about the thirteen statewide propositions on the ballot, as well as the hundreds of candidates running for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, statewide offices and state Senate and Assembly. CVF’s online guide links voters to official campaign web sites and directs them to reliable sources of online information provided by the news media, government agencies and nonpartisan voter education groups.
The nonpartisan Easy Voter Guide Project makes complex election issues, and the voting process, understandable for countless California voters. The Project’s Easy Voter Guide has been translating jargon since 1994, and now www.easyvoter.org, makes election researching even easier.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund has released a “Progressive California Voter Guide” which is a very readable 6 page description of the 13 measures on the state ballot.
Citizen Voice offers nonpartisan, unedited, on-demand audio interviews with every major candidate for statewide office in addition to both sides of every ballot measure.
If you are a California voter and don’t have much more time to try to figure out the 13 ballot measures confronting you, take a look at “Pete Rates the Propositions.” At least you’ll find it an enjoyable experience, and it will probably help you decide. You can find out what we had to say about this guide.
These are among the best we have found from the nonpartisan to the Democratic or progressive point of view. We’ve made our recommendations on the three closest statewide races and ballot propositions and you may want to consider our point of view as well.
As Scoop Nisker used to say–“If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” You can do that by voting.