With just 48 days to go until the November 3 election, we’re already starting to see a rather steady stream of announcements about improvements in the voting process, along with opportunities to find information about the items that will appear on our ballots. A few days ago, we told you about the city’s new ballot collection boxes, now being placed at parks, libraries and other city-owned facilities around the metro area, and today we have three other items to share: a new website that makes learning about the various ballot propositions both fun and informative, several live events focusing on specific ballot propositions, and an announcement about a large number of LAUSD schools that will serve as Vote Centers for this election.
Gimme Props Website
CalMatters, “a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom committed to explaining California policy and politics,” has set up a very handy new website – Gimme Props – to help people learn about the various ballot measures we’ll be voting on in November. The site is breezy and fun, but also allows you to do as deep (or shallow) a dive as you want, by asking simple questions and taking you further into the background information about each measure as you progress through a series of screens for that proposition. If you feel you’ve learned enough to make a decision at any point, you can stop there and move to another item…but if you still want to know more, you can keep moving forward, reading further informantion, by following additional links.
To get started, go to https://gimmeprops.calmatters.org/ and click the directional arrows to see screens for the 13 different ballot propositions. You can stop on any item you’d like to learn more about, and click on the big question mark icon for more information. And as you move through subsequent screens about the specific proposition, questions asking whether you support, oppose, or don’t have enough information will guide you through further information until you reach a conclusion. At each stop, the information is simple and easy to understand, with additional opportunities to learn more at every step.
KPCC Voter Game Plan Events
Radio station KPCC is also getting into the election information game, with three upcoming “Voter Game Plan” events. The online events, part of the “KPCC in Person” series, promises to “help you prep diligently and cram efficiently, with context, expert analysis, and answers to your election-related questions.” The three events scheduled so far (with more to come) are:
Prop 16 and Affirmative Action – Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
This discussion will be hosted LAist Higher Education correspondent Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, in conversation with guest experts “exploring the pros and cons of Proposition 16, impartial analysis of the measure, and a range of perspectives on the issue.” According to KPCC, “Since 1996, Proposition 209 has prohibited the state from considering race, ethnicity, and gender in hiring and contracting for all government-run institutions, and for admissions to public universities. Proposition 16 on the ballot this November would repeal it.” Register here.
Prop 15: The Risks & Rewards For Schools & Businesses – Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.
This session will be led by KPCC/LAist Business and Economy Reporter David Wagner and KPCC/LAist Education Reporter Kyle Stokes, who join another panel of experts to talk about this property tax-related measure. Says KPCC: “Prop 15 will change the rules so that property taxes will be based on current market values — meaning a likely jump in taxes, and thus, more revenue for local governments and school districts. The outcome of this measure will have an impact on both the economy and public education.” Register here.
How Voting Works Now – Thursday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.
For this session, join KPCC/LAist’s senior politics reporter, Libby Denkmann, and panelists for a discussion on exercising your constitutional right to vote. “They’ll help you get prepared with all the whats, whens, wheres, whys, and wtfs of voting — and answer your questions live. The next election is speeding toward us on a runaway train of rhetoric, doubt, and deterrents. We have some facts, instead.” Register here.
Please note that all the Voter Game Plan events are free, but registration is required (at the prompts above) to receive the links to the online sessions. Also, while some live questions will be taken during the events, you can also submit questions in advance to [email protected].
150 LAUSD Schools to be Used as Vote Centers
Even though LAUSD schools will likely still be closed to students on November 3, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan announced yesterday that 150 LAUSD schools will be used as official Vote Centers for the upcoming election. The LAUSD Vote Center locations will be open to voters from Friday, October 30 through election day on November 3.
“We’re thankful for this important and continued collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District to provide schools as vote centers in the upcoming presidential general election,” Logan said in the announcement. “LAUSD’s leadership in hosting a vote center at these trusted and well-known locations ensures voters have a safe, accessible, and trusted place to cast their ballot in-person.”
And in his own statement about the school-based Vote Centers, LAUSD Superintendant Austin Beutner said, “Voting gives all of us a voice in the future of our community…We want to make sure every individual in the communities we serve has access to a convenient vote center if they choose to vote in person.”
The specific schools to be used as Vote Centers have not yet been finalized, but the list should be available in early October.