Early Voting Has Begun in California: Here's Your Guide to the Props

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California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said something today that's been technically true for decades, but not practically so until recent years. "With the ever-increasing popularity of voting by mail, Election Day has really become election month," she said in a press release.

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Bowen is referring to the amount of the electorate that votes by mail instead of showing up at their polling place. During the '60s and '70s, under five percent voted absentee. This past summer for the Presidential Primary Election, over 65 percent voted by mail (even though total turnout was dismal). Expect that number to at least stay steady this November.

So if you're one of the majority taking part in "election month," it's likely you're already researching the 11 propositions on the ballot. Thankfully, KCET is right there with you and has been on top of the props all summer by creating cheat sheets and databases of who's behind the funding of each side of the props. Check out our guide here.

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Zach Behrens is KCETLink's Editor-in-Chief of Blogs, where he oversees website editorial and advises on projects. When he does write, he mostly covers local government, environment, and the outdoors.
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