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For Immediate Release:  Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Contact:  Kim Alexander
916-441-2494, kimalex at

New “Proposition Song” Music Video Debuts on YouTube

Nonpartisan sing-along song helps California voters learn about propositions at


Sacramento, CA – Voters looking for help sorting out California’s nine ballot propositions have a new tool at their fingertips. “The Proposition Song” is a three-minute, nonpartisan music video now playing on YouTube. The song describes each of the nine measures and the video displays the lyrics to the song while it plays, encouraging viewers to “sing along”.

“Music can be a great educational tool,” said Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, the nonprofit organization that released the video today. Alexander wrote the song’s lyrics, which are set to a traditional folk melody, and recruited six musician friends to sing and perform it with her. They recorded the song at Capital Public Radio’s downtown studio on October 5.

“The “Proposition Song” provides an interactive and entertaining way to learn about what’s on the ballot,” Alexander explained, noting the song was originally inspired by the “Schoolhouse Rock” series of the 1970’s. The California Voter Foundation (CVF) also produces its nonpartisan California Online Voter Guide with extensive information about each proposition, state and federal candidates, and voting in California.

The 2010 “Proposition Song” video is the third of its kind produced by CVF. The first came out in 2000, when voters faced a ballot featuring twenty propositions. The second was produced in 2006, when the ballot included thirteen state measures. The song is available for free from CVF’s web site,, in an mp3 format. Lyrics and chords are also provided. News organizations, radio stations and others who wish to broadcast or republish the song for nonpartisan voter education purposes are encouraged to do so. A high-resolution version of the video is available upon request.

The California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c) 3 organization advancing the responsible use of technology to improve the democratic process. CVF’s 2010 voter outreach projects are supported by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

The song lyrics are available here.

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