It is more than fitting that this year’s election falls on November 3, California Independence Day, the day that, in 1836, the province of Alta California declared independence from Mexico.
While Californians can’t literally vote ourselves free from America (yet), this unique election gives us several opportunities to free California from Americanisms that are holding us back. From ending cash bail, to rejecting felon disenfranchisement, to rethinking affirmative action, this election gives California voters several opportunities to reject the “American way” in favor of what works in modern democracies.
So don’t despair that American “democracy” renders your vote for president entirely symbolic. In California, democracy is still as real as it gets, and your votes on laws and constitutional amendments can directly shape a better future for all Californians.
This year, California is mailing ballots to all California voters so we can safely vote during the pandemic. Once your ballot arrives, please celebrate Independence Day early by voting to help chart an independent course for California.
Our guide covers every statewide ballot proposition—click on the links to learn more!
Prop 14: YES
Prop 15: YES
Prop 16: YES
Prop 17: YES
Prop 18: no recommendation
Prop 19: YES
Prop 20: NO
Prop 21: YES
Prop 22: NO
Prop 23: no recommendation
Prop 24: no recommendation
Prop 25: YES
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