Whenever I think about delving into the California State Ballot Measures, I flash back to college; my stomach is in knots, I’m looking for anything else to do but study and I don’t know where to begin. But I’ve procrastinated as long as I can. I’ve decided that I’m jumping in, but I’m going to get help from people smarter than I am. I put together this list of resources to help me (and you) get informed before the election. I have to be upfront with you – I’m a Mexican-American, female, lifelong democrat who loves dogs, babies and the outdoors and all of those things influence how I vote and even decide who will help me figure out how to vote.
These sites and organizations appear to me to have the best information about state and local ballot measures. So if you’re like me and need help deciding whether you want to smell even more pot when you’re walking your kids to school or you’re not sure whether having people express their opinion on Citizens United is worth the cost of putting it on the ballot then please read on. And let me know if there are any other websites or resources that you like.
Common Sense Media Voter Guide for California Families – CSM is a nonprofit that works to help parents navigate the world of media and technology. Disclosure: I write movie reviews for Common Sense Media. But I had nothing to do with the voter guide. That was written by policy experts who made their decisions on which ballot measures to support or oppose based on their impact on children’s lives. If you click on the link below it opens the full guide. Want a short summary? Click here.
KPCC’s Human Voter Guide – KPCC has had some great election coverage. Here is a handy resource with links to articles explaining each ballot measure including the pros and cons as part of the series California Counts in collaboration with KPBS, KQED and Capitol Public Radio. It’s fantastic.
KPCC’s voter guide allows you to submit your zip code so you can look at information about local elections as well. Yes, you can look at the voter guide that was mailed to your house, but it won’t be as cool. Each ballot measure in the article above includes a link to an article with pros and cons.
SeePolitical Videos – SeePolitical is a nonprofit that makes the voting process easy to understand. I’m loving their videos. They explain the pros and cons of each ballot measure in super-entertaining 30 to 90 second videos. If you want a deeper look, you can go all in and spend Saturday at their live event (see below).
If you are free on Saturday and want to stop reading or watching videos about the ballot measures and listen to smart people debate them in real life, you might want to head out to Ballotcon.
SeePolitical is hosting the first ever California Ballot Measure convention on Saturday, Oct. 29th at Los Angeles City Hall. Ballotcon will have food, music and live debates on all of the ballot measures. It’s a long day, but you’ll feel really informed if you sit through all 17 debates. It’s from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Make sure and RSVP for parking.
If you haven’t made up your mind about the presidential election, you can read my pick here.