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September 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Baffled over ballot propositions? Not sure who’s running for what? Or maybe you need deadlines for registering to vote or requesting a vote-by-mail ballot.  The San Diego League of Women Voters has published a guide for new and busy voters with all of this information and more. You can also log onto the LWV’s Smart Voter website to access the complete ballot for your area, including information on candidates running for local, state and national races.  Read more for details provided by the LWV:

About This Election

In the November 6, 2012 election, California voters will make choices on people who will represent us in national and state government:

  • U.S. President
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative
  • State Senator (for half of California)
  • State Assemblymember

This year, California has started a new system for how we choose our U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, State Senators, and State Assemblymembers. For each office, only the two candidates who got the most votes in the June 2012 primary election will appear on voters’ ballots. How we choose the President is unchanged.

California voters will also make decisions on 11 proposed state laws (propositions):

  • Proposition 30 - Temporary Taxes to Fund Education
  • Proposition 31 - State Budget
  • Proposition 32 - Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction
  • Proposition 33 - Auto Insurance Companies
  • Proposition 34 - Death Penalty
  • Proposition 35 - Human Trafficking
  • Proposition 36 - Three Strikes Law
  • Proposition 37 - Genetically Engineered Foods
  • Proposition 38 - Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs
  • Proposition 39 - Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses
  • Proposition 40 - Redistricting

Your ballot may also have candidates for local government, such as county supervisor, city council, or school board. Every registered voter will get a Sample Ballot in the mail that has information about local candidates and any local ballot measures. What is on your ballot depends on where you live. Visit www.smartvoter.org and enter your address to get your complete ballot.

This guide is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. Visit www.easyvoterguide.org to order print copies of it, or to download it as a PDF.

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