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10.9.22 – 2022 Voter Guide

With the California General Election fast approaching on November 8, we want to ensure that our community accesses easily understood and digestible voter information. From adding abortion access to our state constitution, increasing regulation on dialysis centers and determining the legalities of sports betting, nearly $665 million has been spent on this year’s slate of propositions.

We have prepared the below 2022 Voter Guide on the 7 ballot propositions that Californians will decide upon. This information was culled from the Secretary of State’s website and other verified voter education sources.

Register to vote by October 24: https://covr.sos.ca.gov/

2022 General Election California Propositions Guide

PROPOSITIONBACKGROUNDFOR ARGUMENTAGAINST ARGUMENT
Prop. 1 – Abortion Constitutional LanguageProp. 1 seeks to establish abortion and contraception rights in the California Constitution.Prop. 1 protects individual choices on reproductive care and the right to choose to have an abortion, keeping medical decisions between a patient and their provider. Current California law guarantees a woman’s right to choose, making Prop. 1 an unnecessary proposal.
Prop. 26 – Sports Betting on Tribal LandsMore than half of all U.S. states have legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court overturned a federal ban in 2018 and advocates are hoping California will be next.Prop. 26 authorizes sports wagering in-person at tribal casinos for adults only. Revenue will support Native American self-reliance, tribal education and healthcare services. This prop also prevents illegal gambling.This is a massive expansion of gambling that will lead to more underage gambling and addiction. Funders of Prop. 26 want to expand their monopoly on gambling to include sports betting.
Prop. 27 –
Online Sports Betting
A coalition of online sportsbooks, like FanDuel and Draftkings, along with Las Vegas casinos have bankrolled Prop. 27 that would allow Californians to place bets through their computers and mobile apps.Revenue from Prop. 27 will permanently fund California’s housing, mental health and addiction treatment needs by regulating and taxing online sports betting. Prop. 27 is a deceptive scheme funded by out-of-state gambling corporations to legalize a massive expansion of online and mobile sports gambling. 90% of profits would go to out-of-state corporations and not benefit Californians.
Prop. 28 –
Funding for Arts & Music in Public Schools
Arts funding has declined in many school districts as a result of budget cuts during the Great Recession and an emphasis on reading and math. Only one in five public schools still has a full-time teacher for traditional arts programs, according to the initiative’s backers.
Only one in five California public schools have a full-time arts or music program. Prop. 28 provides additional funding to ensure every student in PK–12 public school has access to arts and music education—without raising taxes. Protects existing education funding.No argument against Prop. 28 was submitted to the Secretary of State.
Prop. 29 –
Kidney Dialysis Rule Reforms
This is the third time in four years that SEIU United Healthcare Workers West is pushing a ballot initiative to change private, for-profit kidney dialysis clinic rules. Opponents, mainly the state’s two largest dialysis companies, have spent nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to stop the measures. Dialysis patients deserve protection under the law. Prop. 29 will help ensure they receive safe treatment in dialysis clinics under the care of a doctor or another highly trained clinician in case of emergencies, without risk of infection, and without discrimination.Prop. 29 would shut down dialysis clinics and threaten the lives of 80,000 California patients who need dialysis to survive. California voters have overwhelmingly rejected similar dialysis propositions twice.
Prop. 30 –
Wealth Tax to Support Clean Air Programs
California spends billions annually on wildfire management and the development of zero-emissions vehicles and ZEV infrastructure, but a group of businesses, environmentalists and public health organizations say more needs to be done to stop an accelerating climate crisis. Prop. 30 taxes only the wealthiest Californian with an annual income over $2 million to fund wildfire prevention and clean air programs.Prop. 30 raises taxes by up to $90 billion for as long as 20 years, increasing costs for every Californian. Prop. 30 will severely strain our struggling electricity grid already at risk of rolling blackouts.
Prop. 31 –
Upholding or Overturning Tobacco Ban
Tobacco companies are challenging a 2020 law that banned most flavored tobacco products, except for hookah, premium cigars and loose leaf tobacco. Manufacturers like R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris USA say it unfairly blocks products preferred by millions of adults and that it could hurt businesses and create a new underground market. California lawmakers and healthcare providers have long argued that flavored tobacco sales target people of color and minors.Yes on 31 protects kids by ending the sale of candy-flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes and minty-menthol cigarettes. 80% of kids who’ve used tobacco started with a flavored tobacco product.Prop. 31 is adult prohibition. It is already illegal to sell any tobacco products – including vapes – to anyone under 21. Prop. 31 will cost taxpayers $1 billion over four years.

Be sure to enter this election season with as much information as possible.

Important dates:

  • October 10: Early voting ballot counts begin
  • October 24: Deadline to register to vote
  • November 8: Election Day
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We are a nonprofit that organizes for FilAm civic participation, grassroots leadership and direct community action out of San Jose, California.

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