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CA Election Results: Five Props Pass, Democrats Make Gains

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Five out of 11 state propositions were passed by voters on Tuesday, including a sales and income tax hike proposed to pay for education.  

The vote count also showed the possibility that Democrats could take several congressional seats out of California's delegation of five. In addition, the count appears to show the Democrats winning a supermajority in the Assembly and Senate, according to the Los Angeles Times.  That would give them the ability to pass tax increases, which requires a two-thirds vote.

In Congressional District 7, Ami Bera, the Democratic challenger from Elk Grove, led Rep. Dan Lungren by a small margin with all returns counted. But the incumbent has yet to concede and more ballots need to be counted. 
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Proposition 30, the tax measure, narrowly passed with almost 54 percent voting in support. Also passed were Proposition 35, the human trafficking proposition, Proposition 36, the three-strikes law amendment, Proposition 39, a business tax measure and Proposition 40, an affirmation of a state redistricting process.  

The following propositions lost: Proposition 31, a state and local government reform measure; Proposition 32, a campaign reform measure; Proposition 33, an insurance rule change measure; Proposition 34, a repeal of the death penalty and Proposition 38, a second education tax measure.

Proposition 37, the labeling of genetically modified foods also failed, though narrowly, with almost 54 percent voting against it.

The latest results posted on the Los Angeles Times interactive map site showed Democrats poised to possibly gain as many as four congressional seats, while maintaining large majorities in the state Assembly and Senate.  Several of the races were extremely close Wednesday morning, and the vote totals have not yet been officially certified.

There were no widespread reports of voter problems, though there were a few minor issues reported throughout the state: in Sonoma County, the election clerk found more than 400 ballots cast from voters who registered online where signatures on the ballot did not appear to match with signatures on file.  

In Westwood in Los Angeles County, voting machines did not arrive until nearly mid-day at one polling place. Voters at one precinct in Monterey County had their polling place evacuated because of a wildfire.

Ed Sorrels November 08, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Jeff, Did you vote? if so it is probably illegal as you have to be at least in the third grade to do so !
Batman November 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
What changes are you looking forward to with another 4 years of Barack Obama?
Gayle M. Montgomery November 08, 2012 at 10:52 PM
There were reported incidences of voter suppression across the US and, in phone banking battlegrounds, some of our team members spoke to individuals who had gone to the polls and been told misinformation aimed at keeping them from the polls. We took their information and escalated to ensure that person's right to vote would not be denied. Further, in VA, NC, and FL, there were robocalls targeted to People of Color telling them they did not have to show up at the polls to vote but rather could vote using their cell phones.
KFrances November 08, 2012 at 10:55 PM
It's just about money and control...pretty simple proof: http://uscl.info/edoc/doc.php?doc_id=49&action=inline
Gayle M. Montgomery November 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM
@Rebecca voter placement on the ballot may not be done alphabetically after all. My daughter and I each secured mail in ballots which mirrored those at the polls. We were each voting for Barack, but one of us had Barack at position 11 and the other at position 13. I live in Monrovia, she lives in West Covina. I cannot account for the difference since it's the same candidates in both places, but I thought it odd at the time.
KFrances November 08, 2012 at 11:01 PM
and Pantheism at it's core...Earth Charter - war profiteering and death.
Conan thre Libertarian November 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
The Dems are now a true super-majority in California. This is great news! Dems can now do practically anything, including passing unlimited tax hikes, chasing money-grubbing corporations (with their exploitive jobs) out of the state, replacing border control stations with welcome mats, completely redistributing all forms of wealth, building a limitless public sector job pool and handing out welfare like trick-or-treat goodies without any checks or balances whatsoever from the vaporized Repubs. Yes, post election Calif. has now become the proud state where JFK's legendary adage "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country" can be found emblazened on toilet paper adorning the Sacto State Capitol bathrooms. Now that it has become a game of Political Solitaire for the Dems, full responsibility for the impending bankruptcy of the state falls completely on their shoulders. Can't wait to see the "blame Bush" crowd swallow that pill.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Some days it really troubles me that the Patch doesn't have a like button. Kudos to both of you.
Nadja Adolf November 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
In order to influence people to stay home if they oppose the media favorite. B^) As for voter fraud, we once again found someone using our address in order to "vote absentee." This has happened several times as "John H. Mifflin" registered at our address. Once again, the Registrar of Voters and the DA's office aren't interested - the Registrar's office informs us that well, the initial affadavit was kind of blurry, and they can't remove him because he probably lives down the street, and I'm not supposed to know about other voters registrations, and so on - and the DA's office says that they don't get "involved" in false registrations. So, for obvious reasons I don't believe that the election "results" had much to do with how people voted. From ballot box lids from SF found floating in the Bay in past elections, to the guy down the street who bragged about how many times he voted (the registrar wasn't interested in that, either), and the fact that no identification is required for either registration or voting, I suspect that the crookedest side will always win. At least in California. And don't get me started on the redistricting plan where the "citizen committee" illegally took into consideration factors that they were supposedly *specifically barred* from considering during redistricting. Note that was allowed to stand.
Nadja Adolf November 08, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Nancy, you obviously don't go very far around the net.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 08, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Marg, what's your point about how much money Obama spent to become reelected. What is the comparative figure in relation to how much Romney spent? After all, it wasn't your money the President spent to be reelected, it is mine, and I am more than satisfied with the 5 investments I made this election alone.
Chris Kiely November 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Don't worry, Sacramento can still blame Washington
KFrances November 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
and STOP indocrinating the kids in California with Climate Change Garbage - So you can TAX them and brainwash them for the rest of their lives -
KFrances November 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
and STOP indocrinating the kids in California with Climate Change Garbage - So you can TAX them and scare them for the rest of their lives -
KFrances November 08, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Spreading Democracy One Drone Strike at A Time....Nobel Peace Prize? Reverse NDAA NOW
The Republican November 09, 2012 at 12:06 AM
California is Greece West
Doug Curlee November 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
carol.. because it was NOT a NEW tax, it didn't require 2/3rds.. prop. 30 was the continuation of a prior tax that was about to expire..to extend it needed only a majority.. 50% plus 1.. doug
Doug Curlee November 09, 2012 at 12:14 AM
kfrances.. doesn't your galloping paranoia get hard to live with after a while?.. i think that lead shield hat is a little too tight on your head.. oh, and by the way..ask all your paranoid friends why there wasn't whisper of dissent among them wshen george bush signed the SAME national defense authorization act..three times in a row.. it is, after all that piece of paper that keeps the military operating every year.. doug
Summer Hemphill November 09, 2012 at 12:22 AM
A Democratic Super Majority - California today & the nation much sooner than the right-wing zealots & divinely delusional can possibly imagine !!!
David L. Arnce November 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Marg, I read somewhere, forget the riots if Mitt wins, think of the comming revolution if Obama does.....Thought I would share....
not Carl Peterson lll November 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM
STATES CANNOT FILE BANKRUPTCY. I guess that means confiscation, where a bunch of Chinese money lenders come over and receive California by Obama decree. That would make Ca. just a wee bit closer to the "new California dream: that 60% of the voters want.
Tom November 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Well said Conan!
not Carl Peterson lll November 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Some of the lowest, stupid comments have shown up the last two days. As some here jump over each other to call white people every name in the book. The race word has been dilluted. It only means people without the ability to communicate. Its not a serious charge anymore when its thrown around as some have done. I sometimes wonder what its like to have a bunch of white people tripping over one another discussing predjudice with no concept of the term.You only poisen the water we all drink in. The complete filth thrown out at Republicans and white people would be a hate crime if you referred to anyone else.......Are you the ones who voted in thios election, or just mouth pieces without common sense? Most of us good Americans got over race a couple of generations ago. You can't. There is no place for people like you in our society. You, whoever you are, are the filth that weigh us down. You have no moral ground to stand on. We don't want you here.
Andrew November 09, 2012 at 01:08 AM
California under the Democrats....shrinking paychecks, transit villages, re-education camps, no tolerance for dissidents. Aldus Huxley was right.....maybe Summer HEMPhill can be a good re-education camp commandant.
not Carl Peterson lll November 09, 2012 at 01:08 AM
ATTENTION MONITER...IT WAS AN ACCIDENT Hey bbkong I tried to reply to your comment, but accidently hit the "inappropriate" button when the screen jumped.
Greg Coppes November 09, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Now the Dem's totally control California. Remember what Ben Franklin wrote.. "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic".
Andrew November 09, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I just love Summer "the Queen of Inclusiveness" Hemphill.
SteveB November 09, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Marty, USC is a private school, not public.
Doug Curlee November 09, 2012 at 01:48 AM
yeah, marty.. in fact, USC, otherwise known as the university of spoiled children, is actually owned and operated by the methodist church.. as is, by the way, university of the pacific up in stockton.. just f.y.i... doug
Sandra Oshiro (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Readers: We will be closing comments on this story so that our editors can move from moderation to other tasks. Please join the conversation on other post-election stories on our Patch sites. Thank you all for your contributions.

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