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Offical Voter Info Guide Cal Statewide Special Election 10-7-2003
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A Message from Secretary of State Kevin Shelley

Dear Voter:

On October 7th, California will make history. For the first time, our state will conduct a gubernatorial recall election.

The world is watching how we face the challenge of this election. As we make this important decision, we must make sure it reflects the will of the largest number of voters possible.

I have pledged to make sure that every vote counts. But first and foremost, each of us needs to make sure that as many votes as possible are cast.

That's why I hope you will be sure to vote. I also hope you will take a moment to visit a special website,, to learn how you can help inform other California voters about the decision ahead.

You have the Official Voter Information Guide in your hands. The Guide contains the following important information about the recall election:

  • The list of candidates who are running to replace the governor if the recall succeeds;
  • Statements from those candidates who have voluntarily accepted campaign spending limits; and
  • The text of two measures, Propositions 53 ("Funds Dedicated for State and Local Infrastructure") and 54 ("Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color, or National Origin").

This material is also posted on the Internet at

Please review it carefully.

And please remember, the Statewide Special Election on October 7, 2003, could very well be one of the most important ballots you ever cast. Don't forget to vote, and do what you can to remind your friends and family to make their voices heard on this historic day.

I, Kevin Shelley, Secretary of State of the State of California, do hereby certify that the measures included herein will be submitted to the electors of the State of California at the Statewide Special Election to be held throughout the State on October 7, 2003, and that this pamphlet has been correctly prepared in accordance with the law.

Witness my hand and the Great Seal of the State in Sacramento, California, this 31st day of August, 2003.

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Kevin Shelley
Secretary of State
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