February 2008 Primary Election

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The February 2008 Primary election will be held on February 5, known as "Super Tuesday" due to the number of states participating. Even though California voted to implement open primaries, the primaries in California have been closed since 2001 meaning that you can only vote for candidates from the party you are registered with (unaffiliated voters are allowed by the Democratic and American Independent parties to vote for their candidates; the other parties' primaries are not open).1

Results

* [WWW]Election Night Results

Ballot Issues

All parties in California are having their Primary election to select the party nominee for President of the United States. If you have declined to state a party, you can still participate, but only in the Democratic Party or American Independent Party primaries.

Additionally, there are several initiatives on the ballot, which everyone can vote for/against:

Title Proposal
Proposition 91 Transportation funds (authors say to vote no)
Proposition 92 Funding for Community Colleges
Proposition 93 Term Limit Modifications
Proposition 94 Indian Gaming (Pechanga)
Proposition 95 Indian Gaming (Morongo)
Proposition 96 Indian Gaming (Sycuan)
Proposition 97 Indian Gaming (Agua Caliente)

More information is available on the [WWW]Secretary of State's website.

Where to Vote

Election Day:

Early Voting occurred several places in Yolo County, January 26-February 1 10AM-4PM. Early Voting was held in the Memorial Union near Classical Notes, and at the Davis Senior Center, in addition to a Woodland and a West Sac location. Any person registered in the county can vote at an early voting station, but on the day of the election you have to go to your precinct.

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2008-02-02 02:57:36   I vote no confidence. —PxlAted


2008-02-05 08:16:21   voted yes to everything except the transportation one, 91, (cutting funding from public transportation to build highways is like stealing money from the poor and giving it to the rich). Not to mention increasing pollution. —MattHh


2008-02-05 08:46:00   Read up before you vote!

Official voter guide
[WWW]http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/

SF Gate voter guide
[WWW]http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2008/01/23/votersguide.DTL&type=politics

Prop 92 could increase all UC tuitions
[WWW]http://media.www.californiaaggie.com/media/storage/paper981/news/2007/12/05/CityNews/Proposition.92.Comes.Under.Fire-3133049-page2.shtml

Prop 93 speaks for itself. Do you want to give politicians more time and money?

I haven't made up my mind on the indian gaming agreements, heard good arguments from both sides. Anyone have any more info? —WilliamBeamish


2008-02-05 14:02:30   93 doesn't exactly speak for itself. It's worded in a deceiving way. It's more of a shift of the term limit rules than anything. The politicians who are responsible for bringing the prop to the voters are trying to extend their own terms that are about to expire, but despite this I have heard that the new rules proposed in the proposition makes more sense in the long run even if it means doing a favor to people who are trying to trick voters.

As for 94-97, gambling really isn't a good answer to our budget problems. Sure it may contribute to our suffering state budget but think of how many home budgets of the lower class that it destroys. Rich don't gamble at Indian Casinos. Gambling is a cheap shot at taxing the poor. There has to be a better way to make money for the state. —MischaGushiken

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