There’s a strong likelihood that the networks (and the internet) will announce the presidential winner before the polls close in California. But if you’re headed to vote after work — or if you’re waiting in lines for hours — I’d urge you not to head home just because the big race has been decided. In every state, in every county, there are important choices on the ballot.

No on 8In California, my obvious interest is seeing Proposition 8 defeated. It’s an attack on fundamental rights and my family’s future. But there are several other issues — transportation, taxes and privacy — that are worth every California voter’s time.

I’m headed to Paris first thing on Wednesday, so there’s every likelihood I won’t know the outcome of some measures when I get on the flight. But here’s hoping for good news when I land.