Sacha Baumann is an artist and designer living and working in Los Angeles.

American tune



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's the stem-cell, three-strikes, closed-primary, DNA-arrest, Indian-gambling and lawsuit-limiting election. Confused? So are a lot of voters here. Besides voting for president, Californians are facing a catalog of ballot questions so challenging -- 16 in all, more than any other state -- that virtually everyone at one early-voting location was clutching a cheat sheet to keep the numbers and issues straight.

Yes, only it's not cheating when you take notes with you to the polls, it's just plain smart. So go ahead, fellow Californians, print out this list and take it with you tomorrow.
President: John F. Kerry
Senator: Boxer
1A: yes
59: yes
60: no
60A: yes
61: no
62: yes
63: yes
64: yes
65: yes
66: yes
67: no
68: no
69: no
70: no
71: yes
72: no

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