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CA Voters Will Weigh In On ‘Citizens United’


January 5, 2016

The California Supreme Court this week voted 6-to-1 that an advisory measure could be placed on the state ballot asking voters to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case. The advisory measure asks voters whether there should be a federal constitutional amendment to overturn the Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. The advisory measure was proposed about three years ago, but a conservative group sued and got the measure taken off the ballot. The state’s highest court found that advisory measures may be placed on the ballot so long as there is a “nexus” between the proposition and actions the legislature may take in the future. Detractors of the decision see it as a ploy by Democrats to boost voter turnout in November. Justice Ming W. Chin wrote in a dissent, “The Legislature should not be permitted to hijack the ballot to serve its own agenda.”

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