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  • CALmatters
  • Investopedia
  • BallotPedia
  • WebExhibits.org 
  • OnTheIssues.org
  • VoteSmart.org
  • Politifact California
  • California Secretary of State
  • Yolo County Clerk’s Office
  • For ballot propositions, the Express leaned heavily on the website BallotPedia and our media partners at the non-profit, non-partisan news outlet CALmatters for the creation of objective analysis of each of the 11 statewide propositions. Videos produced by CALmatters are embedded on the individual pages for each ballot initiative. A voter’s guide produced by the California Secretary of State was used to provide cursory information about each ballot initiative as well as official ballot titles for each proposition. The Express used information from the Yolo County Elections Office to provide objective analysis of Measure P, which will appear on local ballots distributed to voters in Winters. The Express also relied on information published by the Davis Enterprise, our sister publication, for some of the analysis. For statewide candidates, the Express use the official voter’s guide produced and distributed by the California Secretary of State. The Express relied on the campaign websites of the individual candidates and public records searches for information on each candidate’s background. Analysis of candidate positions were based on a review of candidate websites and individual listings on the websites VoteSmart.org and OnTheIssues.org. When available, the Express provided fact-check analysis from the website PolitiFact California. The official statement of a candidate was reproduced  in whole as it appeared on the California Secretary of State’s website (accessed Oct. 19, 2018) and was not fact-checked by the Express. Statements were not edited for content but may have been tweaked to conform to the Express’ style policy. For legislative representative and school board candidates, the Express relied on the campaign websites of the individual candidates and public records searches for information on each candidate’s background. Analysis of candidate positions were based on a review of candidate websites and individual listings on the websites VoteSmart.org and OnTheIssues.org. The official statement of a candidate was reproduced in whole as it appeared on a sample ballot generated through the website of the Yolo County Elections Office using a Winters-based business address and was not fact-checked by the Express. Statements were not edited for content but may have been tweaked to conform to the Express’ style policy. Candidate names are listed throughout the Express voter’s guide in the same order as they appeared in official voter material prepared by the California Secretary of State’s office and/or the Yolo County Elections Office; each agency had their own method of determining the order of appearance. Photographs used by the Express were obtained through a search of public domain and Creative Commons-licensed images on the Pexels, Flickr and WikiCommons websites. Creative Commons images are sourced appropriately throughout the guide. Some candidate photographs were obtained through official campaign websites and social media platforms. The Express reached out to the Yolo County Elections Office for guidance on information related to voter registration (including deadlines), location of polling places, and casting certain types of ballots (including deadlines associated with casting certain types of ballots). The Yolo County Elections Office provided a statement from Yolo County Registrar of Voters Jesse Salinas at the request of the Express. The Express provided some information related to voting deadlines to the Yolo County Elections Office for a limited review of accuracy. The Yolo County Elections Office was not involved in the creation of content for the print or digital version of the Express voter’s guide. Click or tap here to provide feedback on the Express Voter’s Guide for the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election.]]>

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