June 2012 Elections

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The Korean American community continues to be impacted by anti-immigrant sentiments and budget cuts. University tuition continues to rise, teachers and school days are being cut, and crucial services for low-income and elderly community members are being eliminated. But the Korean American community's continued civic engagement around the census, healthcare, and immigration issues has had a positive impact on our national politics. The Korean Resource Center hopes that this voter guide serves as a useful resource to help you understand the voting process and raise our community’s voice on June 5.

On Tuesday, June 5, California will vote on:

  • Statewide ballot initiatives
  • Party Presidential Primary election for the US Presidential election on November 6
  • Primary election for one US Senator, your local US House of Representatives Congressmember, and your local California State Assembly-member and Senator.
  • Local initiatives (municipality and county)

Two new policies will be implemented for the first time for the June 5 elections.

  1. If you are registered to a party, you may only vote in the presidential primary of the party you are registered to. If you are registered as a “No Party Preference” voter, you may vote in either the American Independent Party or the Democratic Party presidential primary, but not in any other party’s presidential primary.
  2. All U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and California Legislature elections are now Top Two Primaries. This means that all voters can select one candidate from any party on June 5. The top two vote recipients will move on to the November 6 general elections.

Ballot Measures

Proposition 28 - Limits on Legislators’ Terms in Office

Currently, elected officials in the California State Legislature may serve for a maximum total of 14 years: 6 years in the California State Assembly and/or 8 years in the California State Senate. Proposition 28 would amend the state Constitution to reduce the maximum term that an elected official can serve in the California State Legislature from 14 to 12 years, and would remove the specific term-restrictions on years that a politician can spend in each body of the Legislature.

Supporters argue that term limits reduce the influence of entrenched incumbents. Opponents contend that term limits contribute to corruption, inexperience, and deadlock in Sacramento because legislators spend their time looking for new political opportunities instead of legislating.

KRC has no position this ballot measure.

Proposition 29 - Additional Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research

Proposition 29 would implement an additional $1.00 per pack tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. This revenue would be deposited into a fund allocated only for use in funding tobacco cessation research or for tobacco-related disease prevention, treatment, and research programs.

KRC recommends a YES Vote on this measure.

Measure H and Measure L - Continued County Tax

These two Los Angeles County measures would continue current taxes on hotels and landfill companies, funding the county’s various programs, which include parks, senior services, and law enforcement.

Restoring the American Dream in California


Last winter, staff and volunteers from the Korean Resource Center surveyed nearly 1200 Korean American voters across Los Angeles and Orange County. KRC asked voters about their thoughts regarding the California state budget and the American Dream.

Over 78% of the Korean American voters agreed that in order to restore the American Dream in California and invest in the future, we needed to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% to a fair level and restore the educational and social services that communities depend upon.

In November, there will be a ballot proposition called the “Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012.” This proposition would implement a 1% income tax increase on joint filers making $500,000 or more annually ($250,000 single) and a 3% income tax increase on those households jointly earning over $1,000,000 annually. This bill would raise $6 billion annually. The revenue generated would be directly allocated towards investing in K-12 education and public safety, freeing up the rest of the state General Fund for services for the poor, disabled, and elderly. Join us in November to vote to take back the American Dream and support the Schools and Public Safety Act of 2012.

Important Dates

Voter Registration Deadline
Monday, May 21
*Registration Forms must be postmarked by this date.
* You must re-register if you have changed your address or name.
Vote-By-Mail Application Deadline
Tuesday, May 29
Election Date
Tuesday, June 5, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Your polling place location will be printed on the back of your sample ballot.
  • First time voters must show a photo ID or a document that states their name and residence address at the poll site.
  • VBM ballots must be received by the local county clerk’s once by Election Day. On Election Day, you can drop off VBM ballots at any polling place within your county.
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