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Proposition 33 Barely Trailing With Quarter Of Votes In

Mikella Wickham, Vanessa Wilkins |
November 6, 2012 | 10:57 p.m. PST


Proposition 33 trailed by five percentage points with a quarter of California precincts reporting. If it passes, the measure would allow car insurers to give discounts to new customers who can prove they were continuously covered by any licensed auto insurance company over the previous five years. It would also increase insurance costs to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage.

Opinions of L.A. County voters polled Tuesday varied drastically about the so-called "loyalty discounts."

John, an employee at the University Tire Center, an auto body shop near the University of Southern California, voted against the proposition. He explained that he originally had trouble understanding the proposition, saying, “They always word it kind of funny,” but said he would ultimately vote against it. “I think it would be punitive for people trying to get insurance for the first time, and younger people would not benefit from this at all.”

When calling Firestone, they declined to comment, and it became clear that a lot of big body auto shops that are part of larger corporations failed to comment because they are not permitted to speak on any political views from the corporation.

For some, the proposition seemed like a clear decision. After having car insurance for five years, USC student Jason Martinez said, “I already have insurance; I get a discount.”

A big issue with Proposition 33 is that there are a lot of people who don’t understand what they are voting for, and that causes them to skip the question on the ballot. When we contacted another car shop, Studio United Auto, a representative said he skipped the question.

However, he commented that if he had understood the proposition, he would have voted for it. It can be very important for voters to research what they are voting for before going to the ballot. This is especially crucial for propositions, which are often perceived as being on the the backburner of much larger presidential elections.

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