Monday, November 17, 2008

Voting In San Francisco

I was thinking about the posts on Eric's blog regarding San Francisco and how people vote down there. Then I remembered one local proposition that I hadn't heard the results for: Proposition K, which would have required local law enforcement to stop enforcing prostitution laws. What became of that one?

You always wonder just what would happen if some of these long existing victimless crime laws were abolished. Would it make things better or worse? I figure San Francisco would be the perfect testing ground. Heck, even if things went to hell in a handbasket after passing Prop K, there'd still be no real harm done as it's only San Francisco.

But, it looks like the measure failed, 59% to 41%, according to the League of Women Voters web site. I had a feeling it would as a similar measure in Oakland(?) did a few years ago. But look at the ballot the San Francisco folks had to deal with (Scroll to the bottom of the page for local props). If I counted correctly there were 22 local propositions to vote on. Yikes!


At 4:03 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Yeah, and like Prop 8 it failed primarily in the ethnic minority districts. But then, those neighborhoods are inundated with the problem of teen prostitution, so they tend to look at it differently. For similar reasons, the black population is less receptive to medical marijuana.


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