Can the Ballot Pamphlet Be Trusted?

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California voters don't like government, but they love to participate in making legislation. There are just two measures on next week's ballot, explained in the official ballot pamphlet, but at such length that there's also an easy, "quick-reference pull-out guide" that voters can take to the polls. Is it reliable? One of the opposing arguments to Proposition 81, which provides for $600 million in library bonds, says ---a no vote forces free-spending politicians to cut welfare for illegal aliens to pay for our libraries." It turns out that Prop 81 wouldn't do that at all. The official voters' guide will help you save time, but providing accurate information is quite another matter? We learn how misleading statements get official approval.



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton