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My goal, as mentioned earlier, is to give you all the tools you need to be an educated voter, and hopefully empower you to vote this election season. Although I was only able to post a few of the “big” propositions in this election with possible health implications (as opposed to my ambitious posting schedule mentioned initially), I wanted to ensure that I briefly mention all the propositions in one place and give  those who still haven’t visited the official Secretary of State’s Voter Guide, a place to see the overview of endorsements for the propositions. Below the table, I gave a few things to think about on the propositions, in hopes to provoke thought and discussion before you vote. (Disclaimer again, I represent myself and do not speak on behalf of HealthyMenToday.com (HMT) or any other institution, organization, or anyone else).


Overview of Endorsements on 2010 Elections

Prop # Ankur of HMT California Democrats California Republicans LA Times San Jose Mercury News Sacramento
19 Yes Neutral No No No No
20 No No Yes Yes Yes No
21 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
22 Neutral No Neutral No Yes No
23 No No Yes No No No
24 Yes Yes No No No No
25 Neutral Yes No Yes Yes No
26 No No Yes No No No
27 Yes Yes No No No No


Few things to think about on the Propositions for California’s 2010 Election:


19: Legalizing marijuana is a tricky issue, especially when the federal government says it will “prosecute recreational marijuana use aggressively.” Will the local governments be able to regulate the marijuana industry effectively? Do you trust your City Councilmen to do a better job than the drug cartels and dealers?
20: Gives more redistricting power to an unaccountable 14 member commission that is chosen by an unaccountable 3 member commission made up of Certified Public Accountants.
21: A small vehicle license fee will go a long way to rehabilitating our state parks — and it just might get more people to visit some of our wonderful natural resources.
22: More financial flexibility to local or state government. Yes for local, no for state.
23: Yes is bad for the environment. No is good for the environment.
24: Closes tax loopholes that are mostly taken advantage of by large corporations that don’t necessarily create jobs in California.
25: The budget process is a mess. This will help pass budgets, but not necessarily improve the quality of the decisions.
26: Makes it more difficult to put fees on things like cigarettes and oil.
27: Gives more redistricting power to the state legislature, who will most likely use this to benefit themselves. We vote for the state legislature — it is up to us to vote for good people that will not take advantage of the powers that we give them. Democrats favor and Republicans oppose this because Democrats are likely to have the majority in the state legislature.
Again, here’s the Secretary of State’s review of the propositions: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/ and Happy Voting everyone!
NOTE: Don’t agree? Please feel free to write a comment below sharing your point of view and let’s start the discussion.
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UPDATE: I saw the video below on Funny or Die – any more reasons not to vote?

Make sure to get out there and vote in your state elections as it only takes about 10 minutes of your time.