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2020 Election Briefs

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California Proposition 20: Revising Prison Reforms

Jul 29, 2020
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In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the extreme overcrowding in California state prisons was unconstitutional. In response, three criminal justice reforms were enacted. 

First, the Realignment Act made counties responsible for low-level offenders instead of state prisons. 

Proposition 18 proposes to allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if the voter will turn 18 by the time of the general election.

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Proposition 17 would let people who are on parole for felony convictions vote — that’s more than 50,000 people.

California Proposition 16: Affirmative Action Amendment

Jul 22, 2020
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In a nutshell, Proposition 16 is about repealing Proposition 209, which passed back in 1996.

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California’s Proposition 15 is an amendment to the state constitution that would update how the state assesses property taxes. 

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In 2004, Californians approved a $3 bllion bond to fund stem cell research. That money has been pretty much used up and the original backers want to replenish it. Prop 14 is a five-point $5 billion bond to pay for future stem cell research, training, and trials.