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Take the initiative to read the petitions before you sign
Take the initiative to read the petitions before you sign

It's initiative season in California. Time to start circulating those petitions in front of grocery stores in the hopes of passing new laws or taxes (or tax cuts) or rights or special carve-outs for your company in the November 2016 election. And guess what? It's going to be easier than ever, thanks to perennially plunging voter-turnout numbers in the state. That's because the number of signatures required to turn an idea into a ballot proposition is based on the number of votes cast in the previous gubernatorial election. Since November's governor's race had the lowest voter turnout in more than 100 years — well, you do the math. It's a cruel twist...

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