The 2020 California General Election Guide

Your voting guide to the 2022 California midterm election

This guide has been created to help voters across California in deciding whether or not they should go to the general ballot to elect the governor, lieutenant governor and two other offices in the fall election, when all three offices are up for grabs.

This guide will only focus on the election for governor and the general election for the other two offices, which are also up for grabs in California’s midterm elections.

The first page of this guide has information on all three offices and their responsibilities to the state of California for each of the last three national midterm elections. You’ll learn what the qualifications are, what the ballot questions are and how the election for those offices will work.

The second page of this guide explains which ballot questions are on the General Election ballot, what the results are in those ballot questions and how the ballot questions, if passed, would affect the 2020 California gubernatorial primary.

When all three offices are up for debate in the fall, we have a final page where you’ll learn the three ballot questions that would affect the 2020 gubernatorial primary and how that affects how the races for lieutenant governor and Attorney General will play out in the fall, as well.

Ballot questions: what are they and what do they ask voters to vote on?

The three ballot questions on the General Election and gubernatorial race will look like this:

Ballot Question 1: Should the Legislature increase our statewide income tax rate by 0.25%?

This question will ask voters to consider a statewide income tax rate increase because of California’s escalating cost of living and a projected $9 billion deficit for the next 10 years. The cost of living is expected to increase as the state continues to try to manage the spread of the coronavirus from China, which is where the coronavirus originated.

The 2020 general election ballot contains no statewide initiative, but the question does come through the California State Legislature, which determines what the state’s taxes are. The only ballot question currently on the ballot for the 2019 general election to raise taxes on Californians is Prop. 13. This is because the ballot measures and initiatives were combined into one measure known as “Proposition 39.”

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