OFFICIAL VOTER INFORMATION GUIDE
I, Debra Bowen, Secretary of State of the State of California, do hereby certify that the measures included
herein will be submitted to the electors of the State of California at the General Election to be held throughout the
State on November 4, 2008, and that this guide has been correctly prepared in accordance with the law.
Witness my hand and the Great Seal of the State in Sacramento, California, on this 11th day of August, 2008.
Secretary of State
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008
C A L I F O R N I A
Dear Fellow Voter:
By registering to vote, you have taken the fi rst step in playing an active role in deciding
California’s future. Now, to help you make your decisions, my offi ce has created this
Offi cial Voter Information Guide that contains titles and summaries prepared by Attorney
General Edmund G. Brown Jr., impartial analyses of the law and potential costs to
taxpayers prepared by Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G. Hill, arguments in favor of and
against all ballot measures prepared by proponents and opponents, text of the proposed
laws proofed by Legislative Counsel Diane F. Boyer-Vine, and other useful information.
The printing of the guide was done under the supervision of State Printer Geoff Brandt.
On November 4, 2008, we will have the opportunity to help choose our nation’s next
president, as well as congressional and state legislative representatives. We also will decide
on many measures placed on the ballot by lawmakers and members of the public. In some
communities, local government candidates and ballot measures will be on the ballot, too.
Voting is easy, and any registered voter can vote by mail or at a polling place. The last day
to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 28.
There are more ways to participate in the electoral process. You can:
Be a poll worker on Election Day, helping to make voting easier for all eligible voters;
Spread the word about voter registration deadlines and voting rights through emails,