Which Propositions Passed (and which counties voted for them)?

Includes interactive map

Let’s be honest: voting in California can be kind of overwhelming.

Along with having to decide on a president, a senator, state and local officials, and local ballot measures, California voters were also faced with no less than eleven statewide propositions this election. Of these, five passed.

The map below shows which counties supported what (counties in green voted Yes, those in red voted No). The voting patterns emphasize the fairly sharp political divide between more liberal counties in and around the Bay Area, Los Angeles and along the coast, and the far more conservative counties of the Central Valley.

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Multimedia content packages exploring big topics in the news

Multimedia content packages exploring major issues and important trends in the news

California’s Drought
Dry times in the Golden State

Voting Rights
The ongoing struggle for voter equality in America

Immigration Reform
The changing face of U.S. immigration

Minimum Wage Blues
Is it time for a raise?

Gun Control
The fight over firearms (w/ EDUCATOR GUIDE)

Same-Sex Marriage in America
The battle over gay marriage (w/ EDUCATOR GUIDE)

California’s Prison System
Why are so many people behind bars?(w/ EDUCATOR GUIDE)

The Facebook Effect
The business of knowing our business.

The Art of Redistricting
How our political destinies are mapped

California’s State Parks
What’s so important about having parks?

Affordable Housing in California
Why is it so expensive to live here?

Election 2012
Big issues, big money, big stakes: making sense of a messy process.

When Money Became Speech (the rise of the Super PAC)


In the heat of the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, a conservative political group called Citizens United produced a “documentary” that vilified democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But when the group tried to run the piece on TV within a month of the primary election, the Federal Election Commission prohibited it from doing so, ruling it a form of corporate “express advocacy” banned by current campaign law on corporate spending. Continue reading

Ranked-Choice Voting Explained


In early November San Franciscans chose their mayor through an electoral process called ranked-choice voting (RCV). Also known as “instant run-off voting,” voters were tasked with picking three candidates (instead of one), and ranking them in order of preference, thus eliminating the need for a separate runoff election. It’s the first time San Francisco used this system to decide a competitive mayor’s race (RCV was used in San Francisco’s last mayoral election, in 2007, but because Gavin Newsom won in a landslide, the system wasn’t really put to the test).
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