Of 11 propositions on the November 2018 ballot, voters statewide approved six.
Riverside County voters also approved six, but not the same six as statewide voters chose.
Approved by state voters and, therefore, becoming law are:
• Proposition 1 with 54.3 percent voting “yes” (bonds to fund affordable housing programs and veteran home loans);
• Prop 2, 61.5 percent “yes” (amend existing housing program for mental health services and housing to prevent homelessness);
• Prop 4, 60.8 percent “yes” (bonds for children’s hospital construction/improvement);
• Prop 7, 60 percent “yes” (advisory measure to make daylight saving time permanent within the state);
• Prop 11, 60.5 percent “yes” (measure to require emergency ambulance employees to remain on-call during breaks);
• Prop 12, 61.1 percent “yes” (sets commercial confinement standards for farm animals).
Defeated statewide were:
• Prop 3, 52.2 percent “no” (bonds for water and environmental projects);
• Prop 5, 58.4 percent “no” (senior/disabled can transfer tax assessment);
• Prop 6, 55.5 percent “no” (fuel tax; road repair and accountability act);
• Prop 8, 61.4 percent “no” (caps kidney dialysis treatment charges); and
• Prop 10, 61.5 percent “no” (allows local jurisdictions to approve rent control measures).
Whereas statewide voters approved Proposition 1 (bonds to fund affordable housing programs and veteran home loans) by 54.3 percent, county voters voted “no” by a similar margin of 51.6 percent.
The greatest difference between votes cast statewide and within Riverside County came with Proposition 6, the repeal of the “fuel tax” (road repair and accountability act). Statewide, 55.5 percent of the electorate voted not to repeal the tax package that funds road and bridge infrastructure improvements throughout the state.
In Riverside County, voters marked their ballots “yes” to repeal the tax by an even larger margin of 57.53 percent.
Carl DeMaio, a Republican activist who helped back the campaign and get the repeal measure on the ballot blamed the defeat on a confusing ballot title for the initiative placed on the ballot by the state. “We’ve known that politicians have been stealing our gas taxes for years and will continue to do that,” said DeMaio. “Tonight [Nov. 6] we learned that they can also steal our votes by changing the ballot title on our initiative.”
DeMaio also complained that the ballot title was deceiving because it said passage of the measure would eliminate certain road repair and transportation funding without making it clear that it repeals new gas taxes. The official ballot title for Prop 6 was “Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those Purposes. Requires any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.”
A contributing factor in the measure’s defeat may also have been the large disparity in funding with DeMaio and allies raising $4.8 million to publicize and justify the measure, and opponents raising more than $45 million.
Riverside County shares the dubious distinction as having the second-lowest voter turnout (29 percent) in the state as of Nov. 10. San Mateo County took the “least committed” prize with only 28 percent of its registered voters casting ballots in the November election.
Alpine County scored first place with the highest percentage of registered voters casting ballots. Of its eligible electorate of 758 registered voters, 594 or 78 percent cast ballots.