5 of California's propositions to vote on this election year By Janelle Calderon

This proposition will restore affirmative action in California. Meaning schools, employers and contractors could factor in someone's race, gender or ethnicity in making hiring, spending and admissions decisions.

PROS argue:

  • access to fair wages
  • good jobs
  • quality schools

CONS argue:

  • discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin

Proposition 18

This would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if they will be 18 and eligible by the next general election.

PROS argue:

  • first time voters can participate in a full election cycle
  • will boost youth civic engagement and create lifelong participants in the most fundamental process of democracy

CONS argue:

  • research shows logic and reasoning is not fully developed at this age as the law prohibits participation in other activities like smoking and drinking at this age as well

Proposition 21

This will allow local governments to pass rent control, meaning limiting the increase of rent on all rental housing over 15 years old.

PROS argue:

  • will protect California families from being driven out of their homes by corporate landlords
  • will prevent homelessness

CONS argue:

  • will reduce home value
  • stop new housing from being built
  • reduce revenue for city and state governments

This proposition will exempt app-based transportation and delivery companies like Uber and Lyft from a new state law requiring them to treat workers as employees.

PROS argue:

  • saves on rideshare, delivery services and hundreds of thousands of jobs
  • allows these companies to continue to offer flexible schedules

CONS argue:

  • undermines job stability and exploits drivers
  • gives drivers rights and safety protections they deserve like sick leave, healthcare and unemployment

Proposition 24

Expand California's data privacy law by allowing consumers to prevent businesses from sharing personal, inaccurate and sensitive information like geolocation, race, ethnicity and health information.

PROS argue:

  • will strengthen privacy rights and protect kids online
  • will hold corporations accountable when they violate your fundamental rights

CONS argue:

  • allows "pay for privacy" schemes
  • delays in knowing what information employers collect on their workers
  • makes it harder to stop tech giants from selling our information

Additional Credits:

Created with graphic images by David Hernandez - "Prop 16" and "Prop 22"

Official Voter Information Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved Oct. 21, 2020, from https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/

Matters, C. (2020, October 18). California's 12 ballot propositions explained. Retrieved Oct. 21, 2020, from https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/10/18/californias-12-ballot-propositions-explained-bbb/


Created with images by Element5 Digital - "untitled image" • Jennifer Griffin - "Chicago artist Mac Blackout's new mural encouraging Americans to get out and vote in the upcoming election. " • Max Böhme - "untitled image" • Dan Nelson - "Everyday tool composition"