Permits, pornos and pot: oh my!

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

The general election is just four weeks away and voters are beginning to feel the pressure.

California voters specifically will have a number of major decisions to make concerning issues in their state on Nov. 8. Seventeen new propositions are on the ballot this year and range from death penalty procedures to the use of condoms in pornographic movies.

Five hundred propositions have placed on statewide ballots in California since 1974, according to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. A proposition can either be placed on the ballot by state legislature or by California residents directly if the measure receives the required number of signatures: 585,407 in California for the years 2015-2018.

This is the longest list of state propositions on a single ballot since March 2000, the New York Times Reports. Six of the 17 propositions have the potential to amend the state constitution and nine would enact new state laws.

Voters can vote by mail, at early voting locations mandated by individual counties and at polling locations on Election Day, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Oct. 24 is the deadline to register to vote and Nov. 1 is the last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot, according to the website for the California Secretary of State.