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California activist wants better ballot titles, online information

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January 22, 2010

Jerry Brown, whose office would no longer be allowed to write ballot titles under Spady's proposal

SACRAMENTO, California: California activist David Spady has filed two proposed 2010 ballot initiatives. His goal with both of the initiatives is to reform the process of providing information to voters about statewide ballot propositions.[1]

His Ballot Title Reform Act would take the authority to write ballot titles away from the Office of the Attorney General of California and give it to the California Legislative Analyst's Office.

In recent years, several ballot titles written by the Attorney General's office have come under fire, including the title for the Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act and Proposition 8.

Spady's Voter Information Guide Reform Act would require the California Secretary of State to provide more information online about the state's propositions, specifically by providing an online resource with:

  • A link to the most recent campaign finance report for any committee primarily formed to support or oppose the state measure.
  • A link to a campaign website at the request of the authors of the ballot arguments for or against the state measure.
  • A link to video or audio content at the request of the authors of the ballot arguments for or against the state measure.
  • A link to video or audio of the joint public hearing held to illuminate the measure.

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