The League of Women Voters of California hails the voters’ decisions on key propositions yesterday, as they passed Propositions 30 and 40 and defeated Proposition 32. However, we note with regret the defeat of Proposition 34.
“Voters recognize that restoring the California Dream requires investment in education and public services,” said LWVC President Jennifer A. Waggoner. “Proposition 30 sets us on the path toward financial stability and adequate funding for vital services our government must provide for California.”
“We will continue to work for adequate, flexible, honest state budgets. Real budget process reform must be a high priority for our legislature and governor as well,” continued Waggoner.
The League celebrates the defeat of Proposition 32, the sham political reform measure that fully deserved the label “Special Exemptions Act.” “We are pleased that the voters recognized Prop 32 as an unfair attempt to throttle one type of political player while leaving opposing voices virtually unrestrained,” added Waggoner. “It’s time to focus on real reform: reducing the amount and influence of money in politics.”
Just before Election Day, voters were given a glimpse of a trail of money laundering from one stealth source to another. “We’ve seen huge contributions to ballot measure campaigns from secretive nonprofits with obscure names,” Waggoner said. “This shows the need for stronger disclosure requirements, stronger enforcement, stronger penalties.” The League applauds the efforts of the Fair Political Practices Commission to unveil the $11 million mystery donation to a committee working to oppose Proposition 30 and support 32. We plan to follow through with proposals in the coming legislative session, in collaboration with other reform groups and the FPPC.
Waggoner noted the League’s disappointment with the defeat of Proposition 34, which would have replaced the death penalty with a sentence of life without possibility of parole. “Prop 34 made both policy and fiscal sense, and we regret its failure at the polls,” she stated. “However, we are heartened by the fact that millions of Californians now understand that the status quo should not be maintained. We look forward to future opportunities for reform of the death penalty.”
The state measure at the bottom of the ballot was of special significance to the League of Women Voters. Proposition 40, the referendum on the state Senate district maps, marks the final chapter of years of work by the League and other groups who saw the need for independent redistricting and made it happen in California. “We’re heartened that the voters recognized the great work of the Citizens Redistricting Commission and showed their continued support for a fair redistricting process,” said Waggoner. “This strong voter endorsement paves the way for the redistricting that will follow the 2020 census, and the League is committed to continue monitoring and giving assistance to the process.”
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November 2012 Election Results
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November 6, 2012 election