Local voters stay conservative

By From page A1 | November 09, 2012

El Dorado County voters went red on Tuesday as they voted more conservatively than other voters in the state and the nation.

Nationally, Democrat President Barack Obama took 50.4 and Republican Mitt Romney 48.1 percent of the popular vote. In California, Obama took 59.1 and Romney 38.6 percent.

However, locally Romney was the winner with 57.5 percent of the vote. Obama received 39.5 percent.

For U.S. senator, 61.4 percent of the state voted for Democrat incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein and 38.6 voted for Republican Elizabeth Emken. In EDC, Emken received 58.6 percent of the vote and Feinstein 41.4 percent.

EDC residents also chose Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, over Democrat Jack Uppal, reelecting him 61.2 to 38.8 percent. They chose state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, over Democrat J. Griffith-Flatter by a similar percentage — 64 to 36 percent.

Both the 5th and 6th District races for State Assembly were contests between Republican candidates.

As far as propositions, Proposition 30 to raise taxes to fund education was a yes by 54 percent of voters statewide; in EDC, 62.2 percent voted no.

Proposition 31, which would have changed the way state and local governments budget, was voted down statewide by 60.8 percent; in EDC, 57.4 percent voted no.

Proposition 32, which would have prohibited unions, corporations, and government contractors from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes was turned down statewide 56.1 percent; in EDC it was approved by 56.4 percent.

Proposition 33, which would have allowed auto insurance to be based on a driver’s history, was turned down statewide by 54.6 percent; in EDC it was approved by 50.2 percent.

Proposition 34, which would have abolished the death penalty, was turned down by 52.8 percent of the population statewide; in EDC it was turned down by 65.2 percent.

Proposition 35, which would increase the penalties for human trafficking, was approved by 81.1 percent of the population statewide; in EDC it was approved by 80.6 percent.

Proposition 36, which would soften the three strikes law was approved statewide by 68.6 percent; in EDC it was approved by 60.9 percent.

Proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of products containing genetically modified food, was turned down statewide by 53.1 percent; in EDC it was turned down by 62.6 percent.

Proposition 38, which would have increased taxes to go toward schools, early childhood education programs, and reducing state debt, was turned down statewide by 72.3 percent; in EDC it was turned down by 81.9 percent.

Proposition 39, which would require multistate businesses to pay income taxes based on the percentage of their sales in California with the revenues devoted to clean/efficient energy projects for five years, was passed statewide by 60.1 percent; in EDC it was turned down by 54.8 percent.

Proposition 40, which would require that new State Senate districts be drawn by a Citizens Redistricting Commission, was approved statewide by 71.4 percent; in EDC it was approved by 74.2 percent.

Measure L, which would have assessed a uniform fee throughout the county to pay for library services, was turned down by 55.7 percent of EDC residents.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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