Elections 2010 |

'Fair Elections' proposition voted down

Many of the propositions on California’s ballot tonight look set to pass, but Proposition 15, known as the ‘fair elections act,’ seems likely to go down.

Voters weren’t convinced by the proposal to test public funding for campaigns by giving money to candidates for secretary of state who agreed to spending limits.

The measure was opposed by taxpayer and business groups like the California Chamber of Commerce who saw it as full of loopholes and likely to lead to more widespread public funding.

Supporters, including Common Cause, said it would reduce the role of spending in elections like this, one of the most costly in California history.

Similar laws have fared better in several other states, including Arizona, in the last several years.