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Josh Barro

Californians Voting on Tons of Stupid Ballot Questions, Again

Before each election, the state of California sends an "Official Voter Guide" to every household with a registered voter. This November the guide is 144 pages long, mostly because it contains arguments and legislative text for 11 ballot propositions. I'm sure all voters will be reading it cover-to-cover with intense interest.

As usual, almost all of the proposals being put before voters are bad. By my count, voters ought to reject nine out of 11. It's no coincidence that the two outliers are repeals:  Proposition 34, which would end the death penalty, and Proposition 36, which would partially reverse California's overly draconian "three strikes" law -- itself adopted by a ballot initiative in 1994.