Not so liberal California

California is seen as the liberal capital of America, but while they voted 65% for Biden, there were some pretty conservative outcomes on state referenda:

  • Rejected by 48% to 52% higher commercial property taxes to fund education
  • Rejected by 44% to 56% repealing a ban on affirmative action
  • Rejected by 45% to 55% allowing 17 year olds to vote in primaries
  • Rejected by 40% to 60% expanding rent control
  • Approved by 59% to 41% that Uber and Lyft drivers are contractors not employees
  • Rejected by 44% to 56% ending cash bail

Voting to uphold a ban on affirmative action was perhaps the most surprising result.

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