Having trouble sorting through the 11 measures on next month's ballot?
The California Voter Foundation has the tune for you.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit group, which tracks the state's election process, released "The Proposition Song" this week to introduce voters to Propositions 30 through 40, whose fate will be decided in the Nov. 6 election.
The song features a traditional folk melody, and foundation President Kim Alexander and friends wrote the lyrics.
Their hope was to give voters "an entertaining and informative alternative to the negative campaign advertising filling our state's airwaves," she said.
Alexander and five musician friends recorded it Oct. 3 at Capital Public Radio's downtown Sacramento studio, playing ukulele, a saw rubbed with a violin bow and other instruments.
"It's the proposition song.
"Let's all be singing along.
"Cuz the ballot is so darn long."
The foundation produced similar ditties for elections in 2000, 2006 and 2010, when ballots weren't short, either.
More than half a million Californians submitted a voter registration application online in the new system's first month, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen. But many of the 544,000 or so applications are updates, so that doesn't mean 544,000 new voters. Elections officials must first verify eligibility and check for duplicate records. Official statistics will be available Nov. 2.
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"We haven't really beaten the bushes for funds."
TOM LYNCH, Guerneville general contractor, joking in an interview with the Eureka Times-Standard that maybe Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro could donate 10 percent of his campaign cash to fellow Democrat Lynch's shoestring bid to unseat him in the 2nd Assembly DistrictCAMPAIGN 2012
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