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A simple guide to those complicated state propositions

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SAN DIEGO (CBS8) - Californians are faced with a lot of questions in next week's election with 17 different propositions on the ballot, the most in 16 years. Sorting out which is which is a tall order, but now, there's a new way for voters to get some guidance. 

"A lot of people feel overwhelmed and you see it on Twitter and Facebook all the time, people going, what?” said Suzanne Carneiro, League of Women Voters of North County

Many voters say it takes them hours to go through the Official California Voter Guide, but the League of Women Voters and Maplight are offering cards to help voters narrow down the key points in each proposition. 

"It’s the Cliff Notes version of the ballot, maybe,” said Carneiro. 

In one example, the card for Proposition 56 shows both sides of the argument and the money each side has raised for their campaigns. The cards also shows corporate contributions for Proposition 56. In this case, health care groups and health care workers support the proposition, while pharmaceutical and tobacco companies are against it.  

"It's an eye opener because you may not realize who, I could say, specifically corporations give on both sides, so that's interesting to see,” said Carneiro. "We want to make it easier for people and make it more convenient and give them information because that’s what the league wants, people to vote informed."

In the case of Proposition 64, billionaire and philanthropist Sean Parker donated millions of dollars in support of legalizing recreational marijuana. Anti-marijuana advocate Julie Schauer donated over a million dollars against the proposition. 

Voter's Edge stresses the fact that each proposition and all the information about it is summed up on a single page for the busy voter. 

"If they feel overwhelmed, then in that case they may not vote. So, that's why Voter’s Edge is getting more well-known this election because it helps people say, ‘maybe I will take some time out and try,’” said Carneiro

Voter's Edge also has an easy to read online guide  for local measures, however, it doesn't provide the cards like it does for the state propositions. 

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