Understandably, you may feel like your vote, as a Californian, doesn't matter. Unless everyone pandemic-fled SF to move into their parents' basements in Ohio, California is all but certain to vote blue in the presidential election, electorally-speaking. So why tf should you vote? RHETORICAL QUESTION. Because we put weighty, consequential propositions on the ballot that sometimes become laws (or state constitutional amendments) for a hell-uh long time.
For example, we're voting on whether to make affirmative action legal again in CA. It was banned via ballot proposition 24 years ago. In 2016, a ballot prop was the vehicle for legalizing marijuana. Own property? It's a really big deal this year that we might change Prop 13, a ballot prop voted in 1978, which defines your property taxes. Oh, I'm sorry, you don't have $1M+ so you're a renter? You get to decide whether cities can enact new rent control measures this year.
Your decisions 100 million% matter. They might not directly affect you, but they might affect your friends, your future children, or even that nice colleague you fondly used to say hello to everyday but didn't actually know their name.
Let's be honest – convincing you to vote isn't the hard part. The hard part is finding the time and doing the work to understand the issues. We try to make that as easy as possible for you.