February 5th Election – More than just an early Presidential Primary
|December 24, 2007||Posted by jamie under Activism|
If you are an American citizen at least 18 years old as of February 5, 2008, I hope you have registered to vote in the Presidential Primary election on February 5th. Even easier, I hope you consider signing up as a permanent vote-by-mail (formerly known as absentee ballot) voter so that all you have to do is fill in your ballot when it is mailed to you and drop it back in a mailbox by the deadline.
Even if you’re in the camp of folks who are non-partisan or just don’t care who is chosen as your preferred party’s candidate, you should register and be ready to vote February 5th because there are several other issues on the ballot that will affect you, what services you receive directly or indirectly, how your tax dollars are spent, and what you obligate yourself (via your government) to pay in the future via bond issues or permanent set asides for specific purposes.
City propositions on the February 5, 2008 ballot (see the City’s Voter Information pamphlet for more details on these propositions):
- Proposition A – Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bonds, 2008 – A “yes” vote would approve the City issuing $185 million in general obligation bonds to construct, reconstruct or improve certain park and recreation facilities.
- Proposition B – Creating a New Deferred Retirement Option Program for Members of the San Francisco Police Department – A “yes” vote would amend the City Charter to establish a “Deferred Retirement Option Program” (DROP) for eligible police officers to remain working for another 3 years. The City is short about 300 police officers right now.
- Proposition C – Adopting a Policy that the City Acquire Alcatraz Island to Make It a Global Peace Center – A “yes” vote would indicate that you want it to be City policy that the City should explore and facilitate the acquisition of Alcatraz Island from the United States government for the purpose of transforming it into a Global Peace Center. God only knows what this would cost.
State propositions on the February 5, 2008 ballot:
- Proposition 91 – Transportation Funds – Read the League of Women Voters of California’s stance on this proposition.
- Proposition 92 – Community Colleges: Funding, Governance, Fees – Read the League of Women Voters of California’s stance on this proposition.
- Proposition 93 – Limits on Legislators’ Terms in Office – Read the League of Women Voters of California’s stance on this proposition.
- Propositions 94 through 97 – Indian Gaming-related propositions – Read the California Secretary of State’s descriptions of these propositions for a little bit of information. Personally, I vote no on any proposition I don’t completely understand.
Early voting begins January 7, 2008 in Room 48 (Department of Elections) at City Hall.
To become a permanent vote-by-mail voter, either indicate as much when you register to vote or call 415-554-4375 to request a vote-by-mail application. Note that if you do not vote in two consecutive statewide general elections, you will need to re-apply to be a permanent vote-by-mail voter.
Brace yourselves for two more elections in 2008 – the June state primary ballot and the November Presidential election.