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Who Spent What on State Propositions


Aired 6/7/10

Supporters and opponents of all five state propositions on the ballot next week have spent a total of almost $70 million.

Supporters and opponents of all five state propositions on the ballot next week have spent a total of almost $70 million.

The analysis, by the non-profit California Voter Foundation, reveals Pacific Gas and Electric has spent easily the most money on state propositions this election season.

PG&E spent $46 million on Prop. 16, which, if passed, would require a two-thirds voter approval for local public electricity providers.

Opponents of that measure have raised just under $1 million.

The next biggest spender is Mercury, which donated $16 million to support an initiative to change auto insurance pricing rules. That’s about ten times more than opponents of Prop. 17 have spent.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger raised two of the $5 million in support of the Open Primary Initiative, Prop. 14. Opponents for that measure only raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars.

Prop. 15, the pilot project for public financing, has generated about half a million and Prop. 13, involving seismic retrofitting, raised no money at all.

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philosopher3000 | June 5, 2010 at 2:28 p.m. ― 6 years, 9 months ago

I went down to the Registrar of Voters on thursday to vote, I'm a permanent mail in voter, but I just don't trust the mail, so I like to make a personal appearance on security cameras.

While voting I noted a dozen Dibold TSX voting machines along the wall, so I asked a few questions about them. I hate 'BLACK BOX' voting machines, because they leave no paper trail, there is no way to know what they are programed to do, or not do. So, I asked if their code was 'open-source' (i.e. in the public domain, and available for public inspection). The answer was "NO, they are subject to program upload by the Secretary of State, by law."

So, I asked what percentage of votes are taken by these machines, and the answer surprised me. The Registrar's Office said that the number of voters who use these Dibold Black Boxes is "Miniscule, less than 1%."

She told me that few people use the machines because they don't trust them, just like me. They choose to vote by mail, or ask for a paper ballot, which must be kept in the archive by law, for years, in case of recount or court cases.

Which leads me to another question, why is the State of California wasting hundred$ of millions of our tax dollars on these Dibold Black Boxes, when by our indirect vote, we don't trust them? Why do we still have these things?

If you are a citizen, go to the polls, a remember that HOW YOU VOTE is more important than who and what you vote for!

Never use a voting machine that doesn't leave a verifiable paper trail. Never use a digital electronic voting machine unless all its code is open source, and the results of tabulation are posted at each precinct on voting day. Protect your democratic rights, destroy all Black Boxes.

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