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October 14th, 2008

Informed Voter - General Election November 4, 2008

For assistance in making educated decisions when you vote




-California Secretary of State provides ballot measure (proposition) information*



-Information on who supports propositions and expenditures of groups.


-California General Election Official Voter Information Guide


            Library has copies of the guide on 2 north California Documents

            CA C875 date


-SmartVoter  (League of Women Voters of California [LWVC]) provides ballot & voter information & polling sites.



-Easy Voter Guide {LWVC} brief information on ballot measures


            Free copies on the table with the voter registration forms Library first floor


-Pros & Cons- Free Copies on the table with the voter registration forms


*Some criteria to consider when evaluating propositions/ballot measures.


-Who are the sponsors or the opponents. Search the names of the groups if you are   unfamiliar

-Does the measure deal with ONE issue that can easily be decided by a yes or no?

-Is it written clearly? Are there conflicts that would require court resolution?

-If the measure amends the Constitution consider whether it really belongs in the Constitution. Would a statue (law) accomplish the same purpose?

-Does the measure create its own revenue source? Does it earmark, restrict or obligate a specific percentage of General Fund revenues?

-What is the law today? How will this change the law?

-Did the measure go through the legislative process?


Adapted from M. Craig, LWV Orange Coast




Fact-Checking of candidates’ claims, advertisements, etc.

-Center for Responsive Politics (congress and financial)


-Fact check –Annenberg Public Policy Center @ U. of Pennsylvania


-St. Petersburg Times/CQ  fact check




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by Eileen Heaser

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