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2016 Election: What’s On The California Ballot?

This election California has seventeen propositions on the ballot, which is…a lot. Fortunately there are a plethora of sources to help you figure out what they’re about, and to help you make an informed vote on each proposition, should you be of age. Here are some sources we have found to be helpful.


League of Women Voters (LWV)

The LWV offers an Easy Voter Guide to guide you through the propositions on the ballot in clear, easy to follow language. It’s available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean here. LWV in conjunction with MapLight also offers a website called Voter’s Edge, which is a “a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.” It covers the candidates running for offices, as well as the propositions. Both of these resources are nonpartisan–they do not take a position on the issues, they just provide information. LWV as an organization does take positions on some of the propositions, and their positions can be found here.

California’s Official Voter Information Guide

Offered through the Secretary of State, this is the official guide to the California State Ballot. It is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. As it is offered through the state, it is nonpartisan. It includes “impartial analysis, arguments in favor and against the many ballot measures, declarations of the candidates, the Voter Bill of Rights, and other important information.” The Secretary of State’s website also information on who is funding the propositions, which is very important information to consider when making an informed vote.

The Republican Party and the Democratic Party both offer positions on and information about propositions they support or do not support, and information and positions on candidates. As publications from political parties, these resources are partisan.


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