The purpose of this page is to provide you with information on candidates up for election in 2012, along with iinformation about ballot measures that will appear on the ballot that day. We hope this will help you make informed choices as you vote.
Please Note: Election day is November 6, 2012. We hope to add information to this page periodically between now and then. You may want to check back periodically to see what is new.
The Importance Of Voting
It is really important that every eligible voter actually vote on election day. Unless that happens, the election could be decided by a very small minority of those eligible to vote.
For example, according to the California Secretary of State's web page, in a recent general election only 15% of Californians eligible to register and vote actually did so. And not all those eligible to register actually did register. According to the Secretary of state, 20% of those who registered to vote did actually vote in that election.
This means, if the same numbers of people register and vote in the future elections, the elections for state wide office, and those for the propositions could be decided by as few as 7.5% plus one or 10% plus one of eligible voters.
If you don't want the fate of a proposition, for example, to be decided by Just 7.5% of eligible voters, it is essential that you go out and vote.
The Initiatives On The 2012 Ballot
The following material provides you with the approved text of each ballot measure you are asked to vote on on November 6, along with the recommendations of several organizations as to how you should vote on the ballot measures.
To see the official wording of each measure, please click on the following link:
To see a Citizen Voice description of each ballot measure, and a summary of the arguments for and against each
measure, click on the following link. Then, on the resulting page, click "Go: next to the dialogue box that says "Prop 30". To see the same information on the other ballot measures, click the arrow to the right of the dialogue and scroll down to the remaining measures. Here is the link to get you started.
The following links take you to the recommendations 0f community based organizations, discussing how they think you should vote on the ballot measures on election day. Some of them also say what candiudates they think should be elected.
LGBT Candidates For City County And School District Offices
Judy Appel Berkeley School Board
Linda Atkins Eureka City Council
Sabrina Brennan San Mateo County Harbor Commission
David Campos San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Chris Clark Mountain View City Council
Joel Engardio San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Steve Hansen Sacramento City Council
Rebecca Kaplan Oakland City Council
Paul Marchand Cathedral City City Council
Gary Miller Roseville City School Board
Darryl Miller Berkeley City Council
Christina Olague San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Gregory Pettis Cathedral City City Council
David Roberts San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Chip Yarborough Cathedral City Mayor
Human Rights Campaign Congressional Score Card
In our continuing effort to help you make informed decisions, as you vote on election day November 6, we have posted the Congressional Scorecard of The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on our web site. This score card rates the members of the US Senate, and the US House of Representatives, on their actions on legislation relating to the LGBT Community.
You may view the score card by clicking on the link at the end of this section.
Once your are viewing the score card, scroll down to pages 4 and 5 to see descriptions of the bills on which members of the US Senate were rated. Then scroll down to page 6 to see how HRC rated California’s Senators on LGBT issues.
To see a list of the bills on which the members of the US House of Representatives were rated scroll down to pages 12 through 14. And, finally, to see how HRC rated the members of the California delegation in the House of Representatives, scroll down to pages 15 through 17.
Note: to open the score card you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat on your computer. To download a free copy of Acrobat click here.
Then to open a copy of the HRC score card, click here.
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To promote the social, economic, and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals, couples and families; people affected by HIV/AIDS; People of Color; people on limited income; and women. We do this by urging elected officials to enact and support legislation that accomplishes this goal.