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It is election season again — in case you did not already know that

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:42:00
Article by:
Sam Felsing
Voting poster via the web.
It is time to learn a new alphabet. This one goes from A–RR. These are the letters for the 25 local and regional measures on the 2016 San Francisco November ballot. That is in addition to the 17 state propositions people will also be voting on. Those wishing to get an early start on voting will get the chance on Oct. 10 — when absentee ballots will start hitting mailboxes. They can also head to San Francisco City Hall on Oct. 11, when the City will open its own early voting station for residents to perform their civic duty.
   
The 2016 ballot has a number of controversial and unusual propositions for people to vote on. Prop F and Prop N allow people as young as 16 and noncitizens to vote in some local elections. Prop H creates a public advocate position. The public advocate would investigate citizen complaints against city government and make recommendations for improving performance. Prop Q bans the sidewalk tent encampments made popular by the city’s homeless, and Prop V puts a higher sales tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda. The full list of measures can be found here: http://sfgov.org/elections/local-ballot-measure-status.
   
In addition to ballot measures, residents will also vote for their choices for the State Assembly and Senate, as well as the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate.  Residents of the supervisorial Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will also get to choose their local legislative leaders. 
   
It is easier than ever to register to vote, or to request an absentee ballot. This can now be done online at http://registertovote.ca.gov/. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 24.

 
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