LATINO VOTER GUIDE

The Latino Community Foundation is committed to mobilizing the Latino vote. On November 6th, help set the California Latino Agenda by electing leaders who represent your values and vote on the propositions that will strengthen the state. With over 7 million eligible Latino voters in the state, let’s make our voices heard!

DEADLINES

When is the Election?
Tuesday, November 6th

Deadline to Register?
Monday, October 22nd

REGISTER

Where can I register?
You can register at the California Secretary of State’s website below

REGISTER TO VOTE

VOTE BY MAIL

How can I apply to vote by mail?
Visit CA Secretary of State’s website below and submit by October 30th

VOTE BY MAIL

LOCATION

Where can I vote?
Contact your County Elections office or find a location below

FIND LOCATION

SCHEDULE

What times are the polls open?
7:00 am to 8:00 pm

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTIONS

GOVERNOR

The Governor of California serves as the head of State to shape the future of California. In this four-year position, the Governor is responsible for signing and approving (or rejecting) proposed legislation from the Legislature, proposing the yearly budget, commanding the National Guard and appointing over 400 individuals to various statewide offices, boards and agencies. Through this position, the Governor is also able to set statewide policy goals to address important issues such as immigration and healthcare. Check out our Gubernatorial Forum focused on Latino issues here.

Gavin Newsom
Democrat,
Lieutenant Governor

John Cox
Republican,
Businessman

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

The Lieutenant Governor serves as the Vice-Executive of California. In the absence of the Governor, the Lt. Governor becomes acting Governor and holds the duties until the return of the Governor. The main duties include breaking ties in the State Senate, and sitting on various boards including the Board of Regents of the University of California, Board of Trustees of the California State University System, and the California Commission for Economic Development.

Ed Hernandez
Democrat, State Senator, California State Legislature

Eleni Kounalakis
Democrat, Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary

ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Attorney General is California’s top law enforcement officer at California’s Department of Justice and is responsible for ensuring California’s laws are equally enforced. In this position, the Attorney General represents California as Chief Counsel in any litigation pertaining to the State and is expected to oversee and support local law enforcement through various programs. The Attorney General is also required to write the titles and summaries to ballot measures.

Xavier Becerra
Democrat, Attorney General

Steven Bailey
Republican, Retired Judge

SECRETARY OF STATE

The Secretary of State is the Chief Clerk and Chief Elections Officer in the state. This position oversees the majority of the election process including the publication of campaign finance reports, maintenance of the registered voter database and storage of all election-related data for recordkeeping. In this role, the Secretary of State is also responsible for the registration of lobbyists and corporation fillings.

Alex Padilla
Democrat, Secretary of State

Mark Meuser
Republican, Lawyer

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

The Insurance Commissioner oversees the licensure and regulation of healthcare, automobiles, property and life insurance throughout California. In this position, the Insurance Commissioner investigates complaints from consumers relating to insurance actions. Their regulatory power allows for the approval of premium rate increases and requires them to ensure that insurance companies are setting aside necessary funds to cover emergencies.

Ricardo Lara
Democrat, State Senator, California State Legislature

Steve Poizner
Independent, Businessman and former Insurance Commissioner

TREASURER

The State Treasurer is the banker of California. It is their duty is to invest for the State and administer the sale of state bonds. The treasurer also serves on various commissions relating to the bond market.

Fiona Ma
Democrat, Board of Equalization Member

Greg Conlon
Republican,
Businessman

CONTROLLER

The State Controller is essentially the accountant and bookkeeper of California. They are tasked with keeping track of California’s public funds and can audit various areas of the government to ensure California’s money is being used appropriately. As the accountant, they oversee and administer California’s payroll system for public employees. It is the responsibility of the Controller to serve on a total of 76 board and commissions regarding California’s finances.

Betty Yee
Democrat,
Controller

Konstantinos Roditis
Republican,
Businessman

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is the leader of California’s public-school system. The Superintendent is the executive officer of the California Department of Education and is in charge of executing policy set by the Board of Education. The Superintendent is also responsible for licensing teachers and maintaining school property.

Tony Thurmond
Democrat, Assemblyman, California State Legislature

Marshall Tuck
Democrat,
former Educator

U.S. SENATOR

The U.S. Senator for California is responsible for serving California’s interests at the federal level for a six-year term. A U.S. Senator is in charge of proposing and voting on legislation and sits on various committees. It is also the role of a Senator to vet and vote on presidential appointees like Supreme Court justices.

Kevin de León
Democrat, State Senator, California State Legislature

Dianne Feinstein
Democrat,
U.S. Senator

2018 BALLOT MEASURES

  • Prop 1: Affordable Housing Assistance California’s Most Vulnerable Residents

    Authorize a $4 billion-dollar general-obligation bond for affordable housing programs that include support for veterans, low-income homebuyers, and agricultural workers.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    Affordable housing is a big topic of concern for the Latino community in California. There are currently 1.7 million veterans in California, and 17% of these veterans are Latino. In addition, only 43 percentof Latinos own a home compared to 59% of non-Latinos. Home ownership is key to economic security. Lastly, according to a Department of Labor Agricultural Workers Survey, Latino immigrants make up close to 90%of the agricultural workforce.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that you approve the State to borrow $4 billion dollars to pay for these housing programs.
    A No vote means that you do not approve the State to borrow $4 billion dollars to pay for these housing programs.

    Support
    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democratic Candidate for Governor)
    California Democratic Party
    California Federation of Labor
    California League of Conservation Voters

    Opposition
    John Cox (Republican Candidate for Governor)
    California Republican Party

  • Prop 2: Housing Assistance for Homeless Individuals with Mental Illness

    Authorize the state to borrow $2 billion to fund affordable housing programs that are aimed at people with mental illness. It would redirect $120 million per year from Prop. 63 funds, which raises income taxes on millionaires to expand mental health services at the county level, to help pay back this money.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    In California, there are currently over 130,000 individuals that are homeless. The League of California Cities attributes mental health illnesses as one of the top five causes of homelessness in California. In Los Angeles County, there are over 55,000 homeless individuals, with Latinos making up 35% of the homeless population. In San Joaquin County, Latinos account for 38% of the homeless population, of which 23% have a mental health issue.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that the State will be allowed to take money allocated towards Prop. 63 to create housing programs/assistance for the mentally ill homeless population.
    A No vote means the State cannot move funds from Prop. 63 to create housing programs/assistance for the mentally ill homeless population.

    Support
    California Democratic Party
    Steinberg Institute
    California State Association of Counties
    League of California Cities

    Opposition
    National Alliance on Mental Illness, Contra Costa

  • Prop 3: Improving Water Infrastructure

    Authorize $8.8 billion dollars in general-obligation bonds to fund improvements in California’s water infrastructure. This includes dam repairs, protection of water habitats, and groundwater/surface water repairs and storage.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    Millions of California’s Latinos are affected by unsafe drinking water every year. In the San Joaquin Valley, where over 2 million Latinos reside, 432 public water systems were found to be unsafe as they did not meet the standards for clean drinking water. Drinking and using unsafe water can negatively affect health and economic outcomes for the Latino community in the state.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that voters will allow the State to borrow $8.8 billion to fund water projects.
    A No vote means that voters do not approve the State to borrow $8.8 billion to fund water projects.

    Support
    League of California Cities
    California Chamber of Commerce
    Western Growers Association

    Opposition
    Sierra Club of California

  • Prop 4: Children’s Hospital Expansion Funds

    Authorize $1.5 billion dollars in bonds to renovate and expand California’s children’s hospitals. The money is aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of the state’s children by ensuring that children hospitals can purchase necessary medical equipment and make improvements to their facilities.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    There are currently 5.2 million Latino children under 19 in California. Many children’s hospitals across the state often serve low-income, Latino communities. Valley Children’s Hospital, located in Madera County, is the Central Valley’s only children’s hospital. Nearly three out of four children in Madera County are Latino. Moreover, 65% of patients at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles are Latino.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that voters approve the State to fund $1.5 billion in improvements to children’s hospitals.
    A No vote means that voters do not approve the State to fund $1.5 billion in improvements to children’s hospitals.

    Support
    California Children’s Hospital Association
    California Teachers Association
    California Democratic Party
    Mercury News and East Bay Times Editorial Boards

    Opposition
    California Republican Party
    Betty Yee, California Controller

  • Prop 5: Tax Break for Older Adults and Severely Disabled Homeowners

    Allow Californians over the age of 55 or those that are severely disabled to obtain tax savings when they move to a new home.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    Property taxes are one way how local cities and schools receive funding. If a 60-year-old Latino purchases a new home that is more expensive than their old home, that person would no longer get taxed at the new home’s market value. Rather, the taxable difference between the new home and the old home would be the new tax amount. Because of this switch, cities and school districts would lose $1 billion per year because of lost tax revenue according to the Legislative Analyst Office. By 2035, one out three Latinos in California will be a senior (age 60 or older).
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means you allow homeowners over 55 or the severely disabled to become eligible for tax savings when they move to a new home.
    A No vote means you do not allow homeowners over 55 or the severely disabled to become eligible for tax savings when they move to a new home.

    Support
    California Association of Realtors
    California Republican Party
    California Chamber of Commerce
    Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

    Opposition
    California State Association of Counties
    California Teachers Association
    California Democratic Party

  • Prop 6: Transportation Funding Repeal (“Gas Tax Repeal”)

    Repeal of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 that increased taxes on gas and other fuel and car fees to help fund transportation projections in the state. It would also require a majority voter approval from the Legislature to raise any further fuel taxes or vehicle fees.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    The average price of gas in California is $3.68. This gas tax repeal would reduce funding for transportation programs by more than $5 billion. Latinos, overall, spend more than 5% of their income on gas. According to 2011 PPIC poll, 88% of Latinos stated that high gas prices caused financial hardship.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that taxes on fuel and vehicles would be eliminated, and funding for transportation projections would need to come from other sources of revenue. The Legislature would also need a majority approval to approve future increases in taxes on gas and vehicles.
    A No vote means that taxes on fuel and vehicles would remain, and funding for transportation projections would continue from this source of revenue. The Legislature would not need a majority approval to approve future increases in taxes on gas and vehicles.

    Support
    John Cox (Republican Candidate for Governor)
    California Republican Party
    Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

    Opposition
    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democratic Candidate for Governor)
    California Democratic Party
    Sierra Club California
    California Chamber of Commerce
    California Labor Federation
    League of Women Voters of California
    League of California Cities

  • Prop 7: Permanent Daylight Savings

    Allow the California legislature to repeal daylight savings time with a two-thirds vote, provided that the federal government permits it.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    Repealing daylight savings could affect the Latino community in several ways. It could affect energy consumption patterns and sleep with sunrises and sunsets occurring one hour later between November and March. Because Latinos are overrepresented in careers that involve outside work (i.e. construction and agriculture), it could also affect work hours.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that the Legislature can vote to repeal daylight savings if the federal government also approves.
    A No vote means that the Legislature cannot vote to repeal daylight savings.

    Support
    California Democratic Party
    Assemblyman Kansen Chu
    Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez

    Opposition
    State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
    State Senator Jim Nielsen
    Sacramento Bee Editorial Board
    East Bay Times Editorial Board

  • Prop 8: Capping Dialysis Clinic Profits

    Dialysis clinics will be required to refund revenue above 115 percent of costs back to insurance companies.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    Currently more than 140,000 Californians require treatment at a dialysis center every year. Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to require these services as our community is more likely to suffer from kidney failure. Dialysis clinics would be disincentivized from charging more than what is necessary for dialysis treatment.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that dialysis companies will have their profits capped at 15% after clinical expenses. This would encourage the use of extra funds into better equipment, more staff, and cleaner facilities and possible insurance rebates.
    A No vote means that dialysis companies will continue to function as for-profit businesses. They are not required to return profits into their facilities and there is no cap on how much profit can be collected.

    Support
    California Democratic Party
    Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers
    California Labor Federation

    Opposition
    California Republican Party
    Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita
    California Medical Association
    National Kidney Foundation
    Mercury News and East Bay Times Editorial Boards

  • Prop 10: Rent Control

    Repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act which places limits on local governments on what rent control policies they can pursue. The repeal of this act would allow local governments to pass their own rent control policies within their own jurisdiction.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    In California, the cost of rental housing is increasingly becoming more expensive. 61% of Latino renters in California face high rental costs. A Latino earning minimum wage in Alameda County ($11), for example, would need to work 130 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment. Because of rent control limitations, cities with significant Latino populations (i.e. San Jose, San Francisco) cannot cap rent increases to apartments built after 1979.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that the Costa-Hawkins Act is repealed, and local governments can implement rent control policies over their jurisdiction as they see fit.
    A No vote means that the Costa-Hawkins Act will continue, and local governments will be limited in their ability to pass rent control policies within their jurisdiction.

    Support
    California Democratic Party
    California Teachers Association
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation
    California Nurses Association
    State Senator Kevin De León

    Opposition
    California Republican Party
    California Apartment Association
    California Chamber of Commerce
    State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

  • Prop 11: Emergency Private Ambulance Employees

    Private ambulance providers can ask their workers to remain on-call during breaks and meals in case of emergencies. It will also provide these workers with access to mental health benefits and health care, as well as an additional hour of pay in exchange for being on duty during breaks.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    Emergencies often occur, and the response time is critical for Latino families. According to the UCLA and UC Berkeley Labor Centers, Latinos make up 25% of EMTs and paramedics in the private ambulance sector. The staffing ratio for emergencies could alter if employees are asked to be on-call during their breaks.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that private ambulance workers will be required to stay on-call during their breaks and meals, as well as require private paramedic employers to provide EMT trainings and paid mental health services to their employees.
    A No vote means private ambulance workers would not be required to remain on-call during their meals and breaks.

    Support
    American Medical Response
    California Republican Party
    Mercury News and East Bay Times Editorial Boards

    Opposition
    California Democratic Party
    California Teachers Association

  • Prop 12: Farm Animal Confinement

    Ban the sale of meats and eggs from animals that are not kept in specific enclosure requirements. Additionally, it would prevent the sale of meat and products from other states if they do not meet the requirements.
     
    Why this Matters for Latinos
    The space requirements for the sale of animal meat can have some effect on consumers as the overall price of eggs, pork and veal could increase. Producers would have to spend money to meet the space requirements for animals. Latinos could be affected significantly, as eggs are found more often on the table during breakfast in Latino homes than in non-Latino homes across the U.S.
     
    What Your Vote Means
    A Yes vote means that all meat sold in California, even if from other states, must adhere to specific space requirements.
    A No vote means the set standards and conditions with farmed animals would remain the same, and there would be no restrictions on where animal products come from.

    Support
    Humane Society of the United States
    Mercy for Animals
    Central Valley Eggs
    American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
    California Democratic Party
    United Farm Workers

    Opposition
    California Republican Party
    California Pork Producers Association
    Association of California Egg Farmers
    Humane Farming Association
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
    Friends of Animals

Voter Guide: Words to Explain

  • General-obligation Bonds

    General Obligation bonds are the easiest method for a State to borrow money. These bonds are issued with the government backing of “full faith and credit” to repay them with added interests. The general-obligation bonds are paid back over many years with revenues from taxes.

  • Prop 13 (1978)

    Prop 13 was passed in 1978 in an attempt by California voters to curb the rising taxes on property taxes. The goal of prop 13 was to ease the tax burden on homeowners and protect homeownership during the late 70s and early 80s. It essentially capped annual tax increases to 2% and set tax rates at 1% of the home sale price.

  • Prop 63 (2004)

    Prop 63, titled the Mental Health Services Act, was passed in 2004 in an attempt to help with mental health services in California.  This proposition essentially increased taxation on California’s wealthiest individuals. It increased the taxation rate on California taxpayers making over 1 million dollars. A portion of these tax revenues were to be allocated to mental health services across the State.

  • Rent Control

    Rent control refers to government rules that create guidelines as to how much landlords can increase rent every year and provides “just cause” for evictions. Under rent control, tenants are protected from landlords that inexplicably wish to raise rent to high amounts and protects from unlawful evictions.

  • Dialysis

    Dialysis is a form of treatment for individuals who suffer from end-stage kidney failure. The dialysis treatment involves various methods to filter the body’s blood to remove waste and keep the body balanced, as the kidneys are unable to properly filter blood. Treatment continues until an individual is able to get a healthy kidney transplant.

Voter Rights

You have the right to vote after the polls close if you are in line by 8 PM

You have the right to vote even if your name is not on the voter list

  • The polling place will provide a provisional ballot to allow you to vote. This ballot will be reviewed by county election officials to determine voter eligibility.

You have the right to request voting material in a different language (varying by county) that include Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Japanese and Thai

You have the right to curbside voting

  • If the voter is unable to enter the polling place, due to accessibility, a poll worker will provide a method to vote.

California Voter’s Choice Counties

The voters in Madera, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo will receive a ballot in the mail. With this ballot, voters wills have 3 methods to cast their vote: mailing in the ballot, dropping it off at a secure designated drop box, or by going to a voting center in the county. For more information about locations of drop boxes and location of vote centers, please visit the Secretary of State’s Website at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voters-choice-act/vca-voting-locations/

HOW TO GET INVOLVED FOR THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

With the 2018 Midterm Election less than a month away, Latinos can make the difference in these elections. We have a historic opportunity to change the course of this state and Nation! We must be heard, we must mobilize, and we must vote!

Take Action:

Between now and election day, there are plenty of ways to get involved to create change within your community. Below are some steps you can take:

Register to Vote!

Register to vote and ensure your voice is heard on Election Day. Register here.

If you are already registered, help register your neighbor, your co-worker, your tio, your tia, and everyone in between. It only takes a few minutes, but the impact is long lasting!

Get Local and Volunteer

Get involved in your community by volunteering! Check out volunteer opportunities from the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Mi Familia Vota, Power California, and Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN).

Contact your county election office to work as a poll worker on Election Day. This will allow you to gain great experience on the voting process. More information here.

Throw a Ballot Party

Invite your friends and family to discuss the election! LCF has put together a voter guide and a toolkit to help facilitate the process.

Write a Blog and Post on Social Media

Share your story on why you will vote and how it affects your community. You can send submissions to civicengagement.fellow@latinocf.org. Take to social media to also spread the word about the importance of the Latino vote! #LatinosVote2018 @Latinocommfdn

VOTE!

Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM!
Find your polling place here: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

BALLOT PARTY 101

Ready to vote this November? So are we! Follow the simple steps below on how to engage your friends and family to become informed voters this election!

Step 1

Gather a group of friends and family ready to make a change!

Review what candidates and propositions are on your ballot
Begin thinking about your key issues and interest areas. What do you care about? What has to change and who can change it?

Step 2

Gather information on each candidate/proposition

The LCF voter guide provides an overview on this year’s propositions and an explanation on the role of each statewide elected office
Research the candidates/propositions

You can assign partygoers/groups to do some research on a specific candidate/proposition and they can present to the group with the information they found

Review the information as a group and discuss

Which candidate best addresses your key issues?
Who provides solutions to issues in your community?
How will voting for someone/something affect your community?

Step 3

Write down your choices and get ready to vote!

If you have a mail in ballot, fill it in at the party and submit

You can mail it in, drop it off at a designated drop box, or drop it off at a polling place on election day!
If you vote at the polls, write down your choices and appear at your polling place on election day!
For more information on how to vote, please visit the California Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/where-and-how/

Step 4

Spread the word!

Share pictures of your ballot parties on social media to spread the word on voting. You can tag @LatinoCommFdn on Twitter and use the hashtag #LatinosVote2018

Write a blog to share your voting experiences and encourage others to vote. Submissions can be sent to civicengagement.fellow@latinocf.org.

Register to Vote

Make sure your friends and family are registered too!

Volunteer

Be part of the solution and join us in the frontlines.

Donate

Take action now and invest to safeguard our democracy.

VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN: YO VOY A VOTAR ¿Y TU?

Every. Single. Vote. Matters. If you are wondering if it does matter, consider this: In San Joaquin County, the 2016 congressional election was decided by less than 2,000 votes yet four out of five Latinos did not vote in the last midterm election. With 7 million Latino eligible voters in California, you can determine who will represent us in Congress, City Council, and equally important, who your County Sheriff will be.

This is why the Latino Community Foundation is ready to unleash this power! We are proud to be partnering with Mi Familia Vota, Dolores Huerta Foundation, SIREN, and Power California to register, engage, and mobilize 100,000 Latino new voters in the Central Valley. Will you join us?

In 2016, LCF partnered with NextGen California and three of our community partners to launch a statewide campaign to mobilize the Latino vote. In less than two months, the “Yo Voy a Votar ¿ Y Tú?” multi-media campaign reached 8 million people and registered 6,500 Latinos at major concerts and community events in Stockton, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego. We partnered with Marc Anthony, Gloria Trevi, Marco Antonio Solis, and our Latino Giving Circle Network™ members to engage Latino millennials and ensure a record turnout.

This year, we are relaunching our “Yo Voy a Votar ¿ Y Tú?” campaign. Join us! More details to come soon.

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