ELECTION 2020 Voter Guide

Jesse Lee Peterson
October 15, 2020

Vote 2020

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October 19, 2020: Last day to register to vote (online or postmark by this date)

November 3, 2020: Election Day -- Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (drop off your ballot or vote in person by 8 p.m. today, or make your ballot is postmarked and mailed by today)

2020 Voter Guide at a Glance: Propositions, Judges, U.S. Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly Races:


California Proposition Voter Guide (SOURCE: SaveCalifornia.com)

The 3 good propositions are 20, 22, and 25 (but vote NO on 25 to "veto" SB 10).

Prop. 14 NO: $7.8 BILLION in taxpayer dollars for more research on embryonic stem cells (from aborted babies), which has been an utter, unethical failure. No more of our money!

Prop. 15 NO: As much as $12.5 BILLION every year in higher property taxes imposed upon owners of commercial and industrial properties, and costs handed down to tenants. This would obviously hurt California's jobs and economy all the more, grabbing a huge amount of money from both property owners and renters.

Prop. 16 NO: Would permit California government to engage in race- and sex-based discrimination in employment, schools, and public contracts. Would mean California devalues and hurts both men and certain races and ethnicities. Prop. 16 would eliminate Prop. 209 (approved by voters in 1996), which banned discriminatory "affirmative action."

Prop. 17 NO: Permits voting by as many as 40,000 convicted criminals who were released early (paroled) by Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom and the Democrat-run California Legislature. Is there any question of how these criminal minds would vote?

Prop. 18 NO: Permits 17-year-olds to vote in California primary elections. Deemed a child and legally irresponsible, giving them the privilege of voting is unnecessary and foolish.

Prop. 19 NO: Would hike property taxes by as much as $2 BILLION per year. These new taxes would be imposed on property transferred between parents and their children, mostly done through inheritance. Prop. 19 would abolish both Proposition 58 from 1986 (excludes from property tax reassessment most transfers between parents and children) and Proposition 193 from 1996 (if parents are dead, excludes from property tax reassessment most transfers between grandparents and grandchildren) unless recipient children live in the property as their primary residence for at least one year. Overall, this proposed constitutional amendment is part good and part bad. While stealing from family wealth, Prop. 19 also offers significant property tax protection to Californians ages 55+ who sell one primary residence and buy another anywhere in the state (current law only provides this 55+ protection for same-county transfers). Yet Democrat politicians put this on the ballot to grab a lot of money from families, so please vote no.

Prop. 20 YES: The tough on crime statutory initiative would restrict early parole for more violent crimes, and would permit more mostly non-violent crimes to be treated as felonies, rather than misdemeanors. This initiative would reverse much of the damage of foolish Propositions 47 and 57, along with the Democrat state legislators' AB 109, all of which kept criminal minds out of jail, out of prison, and in our communities to continue hurting others.

Prop. 21 NO: We've been here before when voters rejected statewide rent control in 2018. Rent control motivates more landlords to sell, which results in fewer rentals and higher rents, thus hurting more California individuals and families. Want to lower rent in California? Vote to eliminate or lower developer fees, prohibit environmental thresholds and lawsuits that are strangling many developers, and deport illegal aliens who have dramatically increased housing demand. All these ills are the Democrat politicians' doings.

Prop. 22 YES: The Democrat politicians are constantly destroying jobs and businesses, which is the socialistic, communistic way. Last year, the ruling Democrats passed AB 5 to eliminate many of the freedoms independent contractors previously enjoyed. So the popular app-based driving and delivery businesses DoorDash, Lyft, Uber, Instacart, and Postmates qualified for the ballot a statutory initiative to exempt their drivers from AB 5, permitting them to continue working with flexibility as independent contractors. Although this initiative won't protect all Californians, it would restore the liberties of some, which is still good.

Prop. 23 NO: We've also been here in 2018, when California voters rejected heavy regulation of outpatient kidney dialysis clinics. More of this life-saving treatment and the more outpatient clinics for people in need, the better. Yet Prop. 23 would have the effect of financially shutting down many small clinics, reducing treatment, and losing lives.

Prop. 24 NO: We're all for consumers' and families' online privacy and security, and oppose Big Tech and Big Government tracking you. However, Proposition 24 is complex and vague. Most of all, doesn't really solve a problem, but might create new problems. So, while we would rarely quote a liberal newspaper, this analysis by the Bakersfield Californian explains it well: "California now has one of the toughest privacy laws in the nation. Let’s give it a chance to show what it can do. Prop. 24 is not needed. Vote NO."

Prop. 25 NO: This GOOD referendum to keep the cash bail system, if successful, will ensure most accused criminals show up their court hearings, instead of skipping town. The referendum aims to protect the bail system, which was eliminated by the Democrat-controlled California Legislature in 2018. Yet the private-company bail agents, threatened with extinction, worked hard to collect signatures to place the Democrats' bad law on hold. So keep and protect the bail system, you'll need to vote NO on 25 in order to reject and "veto" the Legislature's SB 10, which is our recommendation.

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Election Calendar

October 19, 2020: Last day to register to vote (online or postmark by this date)