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Confused by the ballot - tune into "The Proposition Song"

The election is less than three weeks away now. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by the NINE propositions on the ballot - don't fret. There's a new little ditty that explains them all. It's called "The Proposition Song" and it was penned by Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation.

It's the third time Alexander has written a "Proposition Song." There were also versions in 2000 and 2006. 

"It's nonpartisan, and it's hopefully educational and entertaining," said Alexander. "So it has to be a lot of things at once and, most importantly, it has to be short and sweet. There's only so long you can hold someone's attention with this kind of a gimmick." 

Watch the video:


And if you want to play and/or sing along, here are the chords and lyrics:

Chords: C/D/G7

Oh we’re having an election,
November two’s the day
There are nine state propositions
Come vote and have your say.

Prop. 19’s the first measure, it asks voters if we oughta
Regulate, tax and legalize marijuana
Each ten years congressional district lines get redrawn
Prop 20 says that job should go to a citizen commission.
Prop 21 would fund state parks with automobile fees
Prop 22 curbs state access to local government proceeds
It’s the Proposition Song!
Let’s all be singing along!
Cuz the ballot is too darn long.

Twenty-three suspends a law called “AB 32”
that seeks to slow down climate change and restricts what polluters do.
If voters pass Prop. 23, 32 it would prevent
From being law ‘til unemployment’s at 5.5 percent.

The next prop also seeks to keep a law from taking effect,
24 would halt newly enacted corporate tax credits.
There are just a few more measures, to sing of in this song
So hang on friends, we’re near the end
Of this proposition song.
You should all be singing along.
Cuz the ballot is too darn long.

Passing the state budget takes a two-thirds vote currently
Prop 25 would change it to a straight majority.
26 is also ‘bout vote margins, switching up the words
Instead of majorities to pass new fees, the vote would be two-thirds.
27’s yet another prop ‘bout political district lines
If it’s passed, the job goes to the politicians next time.

If you want more information, just log yourself online
There’s a whole lot more at calvoter-dot-org
We’re open all the t — i -- m -- e!