Campaigns to spend millions on state ballot initiatives
California voters will have 17 ballot initiatives to consider during the Nov. 8 general election. Touching on issues such as marijuana legalization, gun control and capital punishment, these initiatives will provide the real political battles in a state where Hillary Clinton’s victory in the presidential contest is all but certain.
Although 18 ballot initiatives were approved for this election year, only one made it to June’s election. That one was an amendment to the state constitution that streamlined the process of suspending a legislator, and it was approved.
Campaigning has entered high-gear for these campaigns, with The Los Angeles Times estimating that nearly $452 million will be spent directly on ballot measures this year. Ballot initiatives have a split history in California. Of the 196 measures voted on from 1996 through 2014, 50.5 percent were approved and 49.5 percent were defeated.
For the next few weeks, The Foothill Advocate will run a twice-weekly piece covering a ballot initiative, concluding with a final recap on election day.
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