California: Voters reject rating variable

Here are results for Proposition 17, which would have let auto insurers grant discounts to people who have been insured for a long time at any company. (Currently insurers can only discount their own longtime customers.)

As I write this, 98% of precincts have reported, and the gap is 150,000 votes. I’m no political scientist, but it sounds like there are less than 150,000 votes left to count, so I’m calling it.

I’m basically indifferent on the issue, though I think it is a bit silly to have a referendum on a rating variable. I mean, I didn’t get to vote on whether airlines could surcharge for checked baggage. Why should insurance be so different?

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