Millions of Californians will vote in the November 7, 2006 election to choose representatives for national, state and local government. Voters will also decide on 13 propositions that could change state laws. You may also see local propositions on your ballot.
The Easy Voter Guide for this election
Preview the printed Easy Voter Guide for this election which will ship in mid-to-late September 2006. Order free copies online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Visit this site by the end of September for the complete Easy Voter Guide, statements and photos from candidates for all statewide offices, and links and more information on the issues in this election.
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The final deadline to
register to vote in this election is Oct. 23, 2006.
You need to re-register if you have moved or
changed your name.
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Candidates: These elected offices in this election serve the
whole state of California (click on one to see a job description). There will
also be local elected representatives on your ballot.
• U. S. Senator
• Lieutenant Governor
• Secretary of State
• Attorney General
• Insurance Commissioner
• California Supreme Court
Laws: Voters will be asked to
consider thirteen state propositions that could change California law.
Propositions 1A through 1E are from the State Legislature. Propositions 83 through 90 are
“initiatives” that were placed on the ballot by people who collected enough
1A: Transportation Funds – would
change the California Constitution to ensure that funds from the state sales
tax on gas are used for transportation.
Prop 1B: Transportation
Bonds – would allow the
state to sell $19.9 billion in bonds for improvements and repairs to reduce
traffic congestion, expand local transit, and improve air quality, earthquake
safety and security.
Prop 1C: Public Housing
Bonds – would allow the
state to sell $2.85 billion in bonds for housing projects and related
development, assistance for renters and first-time and low-income homebuyers,
and homeless shelters.
Prop 1D: Bonds for
School and College Buildings –
would allow the state to sell $10.4 billion in bonds to build and upgrade K-12
schools, community colleges and public university facilities.
1E: Flood Control Bonds –
would allow the state to sell $4.1 billion in bonds to repair levees and
provide flood protection in the Central Valley plus fund flood safety projects
in other parts of the state.
83: Punishment for Sex Crimes –
would increase penalties and restrictions for people convicted of sex crimes.
Prop 84: Bonds for
Water & Natural Resources –
would allow the state to sell $5.4 billion in bonds to ensure safe drinking
water and current water supply, restore waterways and flood control.
85: Parental Notification about Abortion – would require a doctor to notify a parent or guardian at least
48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor (an unmarried girl under 18
86: Cigarette Tax – would
add a new state tobacco tax of $2.60 per pack of cigarettes to pay for hospital
emergency care, children’s health insurance, and other health programs.
87: Oil Tax for Clean Energy –
would set up a $4 billion program to reduce the use of oil and promote clean
energy, funded by a new tax on oil pumped in California.
88: Property Tax for Education –
would create a new state “parcel” tax of $50 on each property to pay for
specific K-12 education efforts such as class-size reduction, textbooks and
school safety programs.
Prop 89: Public Funding
of Political Campaigns –
would set up a system of public funding for political campaigns for candidates
for state office who agree to certain conditions (with the public funds raised
by increasing the state income tax on corporations by 0.2 percent).
90: Property Rights –
would prevent governments from forcing the sale of private property for private
use; it would also require that property owners be paid for major economic
losses caused by new laws or zoning changes.
1.) U.S. Senator -- Our
voice in Washington
- One of two U.S. Senators who represent the people
of California in Washington D.C. for a 6-year term
- Works with U.S. Senators from other states to
make new U.S. laws
- As a member of Congress, helps shape the budget
and priorities for national government
2.) Governor -- The top
boss in California
- Oversees most state departments and agencies
- Approves or rejects new state laws
- Presents an annual budget to the State
- Appoints judges and department heads
- Manages state resources during emergencies
3.) Lieutenant Governor --
The next in line for Governor
- Becomes Governor if the elected Governor dies,
chooses to leave, or is removed from office
- Has a tie-breaking vote in the State Senate
- Heads up the Economic Development Commission
- Sits on the boards of the California University
4.) Secretary of State --
Elections chief and record keeper
- Coordinates statewide elections; makes sure
everything gets on the ballot properly
- Keeps records about campaigns and lobbyists
- Issues official documents, like trademarks and
filings for new corporations
- Runs the state archives to preserve California’s
history with documents like the State Constitution
5.) Controller -- The
- Keeps track of how the state’s money is spent
- Issues most checks from the state and manages
collections of money due to the state
- Does audits and reviews of state operations
- Reports on finances of state and local
6.) Treasurer -- The
- Acts as the banker for the state and releases
money to pay the state’s bills
- Manages the state’s investments of $63 billion
- Manages the sale of state bonds
- Chairs many boards related to state finances and
7.) Attorney General --
The law enforcement chief
- Makes sure laws are enforced the same way across
- Serves as legal advisor to Governor, Legislature
and state agencies
- Manages the state Department of Justice
- Oversees sheriffs and district attorneys across
Commissioner -- The insurance chief
- Manages the state Department of Insurance
- Enforces laws that insurance companies must follow
- Helps the public with their questions and complaints about insurance
9.) California Supreme Court Justice
California’s Supreme Court
has the final say on how California law is interpreted. Judges on the Supreme
Court (also called “justices”):
- are nominated by the Governor and subject to
approval by the State Legislature
- must be approved by voters after they are
appointed (in the next election for Governor)
- must be re-approved at the end of each 12-year
term, with no limits to the number of terms that they can serve