What Are You Doing Next June?

Governor Jerry Brown made it official. The California Cancer Research Act (CCRA) will appear on the ballot on June 5, 2012, along with the presidential, congressional and legislative primaries.

CCRA is a ballot initiative that would increase the tobacco tax in California by $1 per pack, raising more than $450 million per year to help California’s research community make advances in the detection, treatment, prevention and cure of cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other smoking-related illnesses.  If passed, the measure would also provide more than $150 million annually for tobacco prevention and cessation.

The final decision about the date halts long speculation about other potential dates for CCRA, ranging from June 2011 to February 2012. After signatures were collected for CCRA back in 2010, the ballot initiative was scheduled to go on the next statewide ballot, whenever that might be. A 2011 election became possible when Brown called for a special statewide election in either June or this fall as part of his budget plans. However, that plan was abandoned in June. Then on July 29 Brown signed AB 80 by Assembly Member Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), which combined the February 2012 presidential primary with the June 2012 legislative and congressional primary.

This officially means that the next statewide ballot is June 5, 2012, which is where CCRA will appear.  At this point there are only two other ballot measures qualified for the June 2012 election — a measure to change legislative term limits and a measure to increase the “Rainy Day” fund for the state budget.

The new election date for CCRA raises questions about how legislative redistricting and the Republican focused presidential primary will affect the campaign.  

For more information on CCRA, you can check out the campaign website here and the opposition website here.

What do you think? Are you more likely to vote now that there will only be one election next spring? What effect do you think redistricting will have on the election?

–Vanessa Marvin

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