CA’s Odd Ballot Propositions for 2020

Posted by Jack

No, I did not make this up….  these are real propositions.


Prop 17 – Allowing Parolees to Vote

There is a big difference between probation and parole in criminal justice and, at least in California, when it comes to having the right to vote. Probation is part of the sentence handed down and often allows those convicted of a felony to avoid time behind bars; parole begins upon release from prison, in advance of when the sentence ends.

But the California Constitution allows someone on probation to vote while removing the voting rights of a parolee until the time of parole has been completed. This proposal, placed on the ballot by the Legislature, would remove that restriction and allow a person on parole to vote.

Rules barring parolees from voting vary by state, though the trend has been toward restoring those rights. A survey conducted by a pro-voting rights group last year estimated that the ban on parolees voting in elections affects about 40,000 Californians.

Prop 16 – A Return to Affirmation Action!  (Completely un-Constitutional)

It’s been 24 years since California voters considered whether race, ethnicity and gender should be considered in awarding government contracts and admission to the state’s colleges and universities. The politics and demographics of the state were far different in 1996, when such considerations were outlawed with Proposition 209, an amendment to the California Constitution.

This ballot measure is only nine words long. It would simply repeal Proposition 209, allowing the practice often described as affirmative action to again be used in state. It was added to the ballot by the Legislature last month, setting up a discussion about systemic racism and inequities at the same time as a national reckoning on these topics.

Prop 18.  Gives 17-Year-Olds the Vote 

This constitutional amendment, placed on the ballot by the Legislature, would allow 17-year-olds to register and vote in primary elections if they turn 18 by the time of the general election in November.

At least 18 states have similar laws on the books, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Supporters of the proposal argue that more of these new voters will get engaged with issues if they can participate in a full election cycle. As it stands now, an 18-year-old Californian whose birthday was after the March 3 presidential primary missed out on the chance to pick some candidates and now gets to vote only for one of the smaller group of hopefuls who made it to the Nov. 3 ballot.



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6 Responses to CA’s Odd Ballot Propositions for 2020

  1. Peggy says:

    Off topic, but worth the read.

    Also, does anyone have any info. on the candidate/s running for Chico school board?

    Critical Race Theory has Infiltrated California’s Public Schools:

  2. Joe says:

    And don’t forget Prop 15 that will raise property taxes and they want us to go billions more into debt to fund that stem cell scam again. They must have run out of the billions the idiot voters originally approved for the stem cell scam.

    Remember that one? All the miracle treatments were supposed to make the new state stem cell institute self-funding and the idiot voters bought that lie! How much you want to bet the voters will be stupid enough to get scammed again? SUCKERS!

    Commiefornia voters are such IDIOTS! And letting 17 year olds and parolees vote is going to change that, right? SUCKERS!

    Commiefornia Here We Come…a sanctuary city slum…

    No matter how much the tax and borrow, it will never be enough.

  3. Harold says:

    California liberals are dreaming, while all the leaf’s a flame,
    On this ash filled and sad winters day

    While the loss of all the forests, to them, is just another day
    Now the liberal politicians are planning on just how to play
    So in their seats, they will be able to stay.

    So from their offices they are scheming,
    Hopefully all the savvy voters, can see thru their flimsy fray,
    And put an end to their California dreaming,

    And lead this state, back to better days

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