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Voters to decide budget questions

Measures are designed to help state's fiscal problems

Posted: May 17, 2009 9:52 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

On Tuesday, voters will get their chance to weigh in on six propositions on the ballot aimed at fixing the state budget.

The decisions facing California voters next week are all about the state's precarious finances, but Tuesday's special election also is shaping up as a watershed moment for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

If voters approve the confusing package of measures he helped craft, their approval could help build Schwarzenegger's case as a government reformer. If voters reject them, the Republican governor will be forced to reconsider his legacy in the last 18 months of his term.

Polls show voters are inclined to reject five of the six budget-balancing measures on Tuesday's ballot, a sign of Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers' record-low approval ratings as well as voter opinion about the propositions' ability to solve California's multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

Tuesday's election will be run by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, which means the voting districts are not the same as the are for state-run elections. To locate your voting precinct, contact the County Registrar of Voters at (800) 815-2666 or use their voter locator tool on their Web site at

Updates on vote totals will be available at and at Final official election results will be posted on both Web sites and will be available by 6 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2009.


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