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For immediate release – Thursday, May 29, 2008
Contact:  Kim Alexander or Will Barrett, 916-441-2494 

California Online Voter Guide provides nonpartisan information for June 3rd election, at


Sacramento, CA – Will rent control be abolished in California?  Will the power of local governments to claim property in the name of development be curtailed?  These are the subjects of propositions 98 and 99 on the statewide ballot this election.  On June 3rd, millions of Californians will vote on these measures and in legislative, congressional and local contests up and down the state.  Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

To help voters sort through their choices, the California Voter Foundation’s nonpartisan California Online Voter Guide is available at  The guide covers the two state propositions and features information on hundreds of legislative and congressional candidates. 

“Although there is no race at the top of the ticket on this ballot, there are numerous competitive legislative, congressional and local contests across the state,” said California Voter Foundation President Kim Alexander.  Competitive primary contests are taking place in 21 of the state’s 53 congressional districts, eight of the twenty State Senate districts, and 28 of the 80 Assembly districts.

In addition, voters will decide on two competing statewide propositions.  Prop. 98, supported by realtors, landlords and taxpayer groups, would limit state and local government’s authority to take private property for development purposes and would also phase out rent control in California.  Proposition 99, supported by local government organizations, labor and environmental groups would also limit that authority, though less severely, and would not impact rent control.  The California Online Voter Guide names the top five donors for and against each measure and features news articles and other resources to help voters compare and contrast the competing measures.

Voters can also find information on voting by mail, voting in partisan primaries as a nonpartisan (“Decline to State”) voter, and links to other election resources, such as the Secretary of State’s voter guide and the League of Women Voters’ site, which features resources on local races.  A “Voting FAQ”, county-by-county directories of election offices and voting equipment and maps of political districts are also available.

The California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization advancing the responsible use of technology to improve the democratic process.  CVF’s 2008 voter education programs are supported by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.



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