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Other Voices: Nevada County voters: Take a stand on election day

The time has come to remind, clarify and motivate you to take a stand on election day, Nov. 2, 2010.

You have an opportunity to select a U.S. senator, a member of the House of Representatives, state, county and local officials and propositions that can affect you and your family for years to come. Hopefully, you will go to the polls with appropriate information to make your wisest choice.

Nevada County voters will have the experience of meeting candidates for elected office at a series of forums presented by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County.



Mark your calendar:

Wednesday, Oct. 6: The Center for the Arts, 314 Main St., Grass Valley; Candidates for State Assembly, District 4: 7 – 8 p.m. Candidates for State Senate, District 4, 8 – 9 p.m.




Thursday, Oct. 7: Grass Valley City Council Chambers, 125 E. Main St. Candidates for Grass Valley City Council: 7 – 8 p.m. Candidates for Nevada County Treasurer/Tax Collector: 8 – 9 p.m.

The November ballot will also have nine propositions that may make major changes in our state. To help you evaluate these propositions the League is offering the following suggestions on “How to Evaluate Ballot Propositions”:

Is the measure a Constitutional amendment or a statute? If the measure amends the Constitution, consider whether it really belongs in the Constitution. Would a statue accomplish the same purpose? Remember that all Constitutional amendments require voter approval: What we put into the Constitution would have to come back to the ballot to be changed.

Examine what the measure seeks to accomplish. Do you agree with those goals? Is the measure seeking changes that are consistent with your ideas about government? Do you think the proposed changes will make things better?

Who are the real sponsors and opponents of the measure? Check where the money is coming from on the Secretary of State’s Cal-Access campaign finance website: cal-access.sos.ca

.gov/Campaign/Measures/

Is the measure written well? Will it cause more problems than it will resolve?

Does the measure create its own revenue source? Weigh the benefit of securing funding for the measure’s program against the cost of overall flexibility in the budget.

Does the measure mandate a government program or service without addressing how it will be funded?

Does the measure deal with one issue that can be easily decided by a yes or no vote?

Be wary of distortion tactics and commercials that rely on image, but tell nothing of substance about the measure. Beware of half truths.

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will be presenting an informational meeting on the pros and cons of the ballot propositions, Saturday, Oct. 9, County Superintendent of School Community Room, 112 Nevada County Highway and Ridge Road; 10 a.m. – noon. The public is invited to attend.

For further information please consult our website at: http://www.lwvwnc.org. To schedule a Voter Service Presentation of the pros and cons of ballot propositions for your organization call: (530) 265-0956.

Ruth Schwartz, voter service co-chair, lives in Nevada City.


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