By now, you have probably heard that Californians will be voting on a ballot initiative, Proposition 8,* that will ban same-sex marriage in the state, just after the state supreme court overturned the ban that was put into place by legislators. The polls show a very close race on this initiative.
But that is not the only issue California is dealing with. There is also Proposition 4, which is a fairly standard parental notification requirement for women under 18 who choose to get an abortion. Similar ballot initiatives have failed in California in the past. The L.A. Times, however, is reporting that this year, perhaps because of Proposition 8’s ability to get social conservatives to the polls, the result may be different.
Both of these would amend the state constitution of California.
There are also several initiatives dealing with criminal offenses (both victims rights law and provisions for treatment of people convicted of drug offenses). In addition the NY Times had a really interesting piece on Proposition 2, which adds animal protection requirements to the meat industry. Remember the story about the mistreatment of animals in a slaughterhouse? Well, it seems that this plant was shut down, and this event was a way to raise public awareness of the problem prior to this ballot initiative.
A lot going on, and it makes me wish I still voted in California. I haven’t lived there in a long time, and my voter eligibility is in my last state of residence, Iowa. However, the state only allows residents to vote in state elections. This is very different from Iowa, which invites me to vote in even local elections.
*I really miss the official voter guides of California. I think all states should go to the trouble and expense of putting these together.