A misleading campaign mailer about the gas tax repeal is causing confusion.
California voters are getting notices that “correct” the Proposition 6 title, stating that it should be labeled “The Gas Tax Repeal Initiative.”
The leaflet looks like a government document — but it’s not.
San Luis Obispo County Clerk recorder Tommy Gong said even he was confused.
“Even myself I was kind of concerned, like, is this something that we did incorrectly?”
Gong then noticed the fine print read: “This is not an official ballot or an official county voter registration guide prepared by the county elections office or the Secretary of State. This is an unofficial, unmarked ballot prepared by Reform California -Yes on 6.”
The document’s wording and formatting it’s what’s confusing.
“The printing that they’re using — ‘Election Ballot Correction’ — it makes it sound like a mistake was made on behalf of the county or the state and it’s certainly not the case,” explained Gong.
The official ballot title says the proposition “Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding.”
However, the ‘Yes on 6’ campaign says politicians are lying by giving Prop. 6 this label because it doesn’t properly describe what the measure would do — reverse the recent increase in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees.
The proposition would also require voters to approve future gas tax or registration fees.