By Eliza Ridgeway
By Eliza Ridgeway
California’s century-old initiative system enables voters to make their own laws and change public policy, circumventing the Legislature and directly accessing the ballot.
Although two-thirds of state propositions brought by citizen initiative have failed over the past 15 years, this year includes a bumper crop of new proposals targeting everything from tobacco sales to school funding. Each requires a simple majority to pass.
The race between Marc Berman and Vicki Veenker for the State Assembly’s 24th District seat is expected to be tight.
Berman edged Veenker by 8,000 votes in the June 7 primary, with more than 100,000 voters casting ballots. Veenker is optimistic that recent endorsements from local, state and federal politicians will help her close the gap.
Six candidates are running for three seats on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 8 election.
Patrick Ahrens, Peter Landsberger, Orrin Mahoney, Eric Rosenthal and Gilbert Wong join incumbent Laura Casas in the race.
Local in-person early voters started submitting ballots for the upcoming election on Tuesday (Oct. 11).
Election watchers have predicted that early voting could make up to one-third of the vote this fall. Santa Clara County’s Registrar of Voters opens to walk-in voters 29 days before the Nov. 8 election and will also be mailing ballots beginning Tuesday. The registrar’s office, at 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, in San Jose, is open for voting weekdays during regular business hours. During the final two weekends before the election, the registrar will operate early-voting centers around the region, with the closest one to Los Altos at Palo Alto’s Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road.