Monday, May 18, 2009

CSUEU: No On 1A, No On 1C, Yes On 1F

California's May 19 Special Election, with a slew of budget-related propositions, is tomorrow. Turnout is expected to be low for this election, so your vote is important. As CSUEU E-News puts it: A lot of people are angry about this election. They don't like their choices… but skipping the election is what the Governor and his allies want you to do. [emphasis ours]

CSUEU Opposes 1A and 1C, Supports 1F

Here are CSUEU's positions on the ballot measures:
1A: No
1B: Neutral
1C: No
1D: Neutral
1E: Neutral
1F: Yes
The California Faculty Association (CFA) and the SEIU California State Council also oppose Proposition 1A.

CFA Calls Chancellor's 1A Claims False

Friday evening's CFA Headlines says …the chancellor continues to make false claims about the impact the May 19 ballot initiatives would have on CSU funding shortfalls. CFA states:

It is NOT TRUE, as the chancellor writes, that some $6 billion in revenue for the 2009-10 state budget depends on the passage of Propositions 1A through 1E.

This is simply false.

If Proposition 1A fails and Proposition 1B fails, that will have NO IMPACT ON THE STATE BUDGET during 2009-2010.

This is not an interpretation. This is a fact. Proposition 1A could reduce state revenues two years from now because, unless it passes, temporary tax increases will sunset – but not for two years!

Know Your Voting Rights

Take a moment to read about provisional voting, in case you encounter a problem at the polls. Provisional voting lets you cast a ballot if there's a glitch such being left off the polling place voter roster, or a lost vote-by-mail ballot. Your ballot is held aside while election officials verify your voter registration and that you hadn't already voted. Once this is done, your vote is counted.

A few items from California's Voter Bill of Rights:

  • You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls.
  • You have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any precinct in the county.
  • You have the right to receive a new ballot if, prior to casting your ballot, you believe you made a mistake.
  • You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at the polling place prior to the close of the polls.


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