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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.

Big Scoop Archive

Multimedia content packages exploring big topics in the news

Gun Violence in America

The fight over firearms

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

The Facebook Effect
The business of knowing our business.
(w/ EDUCATOR GUIDE)

Immigration Reform

The changing nature of the U.S. immigration system

Same-Sex Marriage in America

Following the battle over same-sex marriage in the U.S.

The Art of Redistricting

How our political destinies are mapped

California’s State Parks

What’s so important about having parks?

Election 2012

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

Affordable Housing in California

Why is it so expensive to live here?

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

INCLUDES: ARTICLE

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

INCLUDES: ARTICLE AND VIDEO

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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