Voting is absolutely critical. It’s especially important that youth get out and vote so let me begin by sharing this brilliant video:
Now… with respect to CA state propositions… While voting is a personal act, many people choose to vote based on what those around them are voting. For this reason, I think that it’s important to share your opinions and, as appropriate, research. Thanks to my proposition party, I have a decent sense of all of the different propositions and I thought that I’d share what my ballot will look like on local issues in case this is helpful to those of you who aren’t sure what you’re voting. I’m happy to respond to comments if you’re confused as to why I’m going in certain directions. (As for president, I’m DEFINITELY voting for Barack Obama.)
- Prop 1A, Safe Trains: YES!
- Prop 2, Confining Animals: yes
- Prop 3, Children’s Hospitals: no (yes if you’re in favor of bond measures)
- Prop 4, Waiting Period: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!
- Prop 5, Nonviolent Drug Offenses: still not sure…
- Prop 6, Police and Law Enforcement: no
- Prop 7, Renewable Energy: no
- Prop 8, Definition of Marriage: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!
- Prop 9, Criminal Justice System: no
- Prop 10, Alternative Fuel Vehicles: no
- Prop 11, Redistricting: torn…
- Prop 12, Veteran’s Bond Act: YES
Proposition 5 is a bit tricky… It’s based on Prop 36 which is really good and really effective, but it also seems to take the choice out of the hands of judges rather than simply making it feasible for more drug offenders to take the rehab path. Additionally, it seems to re-classify violent criminals as non-violent criminals which I have a mega problem with. I’m leaning towards ‘No’ but still looking for more information.
Proposition 11 is also a bit tricky… It’s generally a good idea, but there are some flaws in the actual proposal. Many Democrats argue that you shouldn’t vote for it because it would weaken the Democratic party. I think that’s a lame reason. That said, the randomness factor to the redistricting proposal worries me. There’s good reason to believe that this will have a negative impact on people of color, communities of interest, and other minorities. I’m leaning towards voting ‘no’ because I’m worried about this, but I am still looking to be convinced otherwise.
Btw, for anyone who looks at Prop 7 and Prop 10 and thinks “weee… better energy” think again. These are really screwed up propositions that look good on surface but actually fuck over progress towards green energy AND make a handful of people shitloads of money, including the sponsors…
And for goddess sake, vote NO NO NO NO NO on Propositions 4 and 8. They are evil, downright evil. Proposition 4 is the third attempt to limit minors from the right to choose without parental consent (even when their parents are abusive). Proposition 8 is an attempt to legalize inequality in the form of banning marriages for loving couples of the same sex.
- Prop A, Gang & Youth Violence: yes
- Prop B, Update of Low Rent Housing: yes
- Measure J, Community College: yes
- Measure Q, LAUSD: torn…
- Measure R, Traffic Relief: YES
Regarding Measure Q… I don’t like bond measures at all. That said, our schools are in dire shape. That said, Measure Q doesn’t really address the systemic problems or put structures in place to move forward. That said, our Governator is going to further cripple schools on November 5. Way way way torn.