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California uses the direct initiative process which allows state citizens to bypass the Legislature and have a voice in directly adding, repealing or amending provisions of the California Constitution or statutes. This is done through the use of ballot propositions. Ballot propositions can be proposed either by the Legislature or citizens.

2010 | 2000-2009


  • Propositions and Summary: number and Title of the Ballot Proposition and  synopsis of the proposition nearly word for word as it appeared in the ballot pamphlet

  • Pass: noting if the proposition was approved

  • Citation: code sections affected



  • Legislative propositions: begin as resolutions or bills and are adopted like other legislative measures

  • Citizen ballot propositions: started by petitions circulated for a requisite number of voter signatures.

  • Initiatives: propositions that propose legislative or constitutional changes

  • Referenda: propositions that allow citizens to approve or reject legislative enactments



  • Prior to November 1982: proposition numbers started with “1” for each election.

  • After November 1982: subsequent propositions received higher numbers until November 1998 when the count was reset.

  • After November 1998: proposition numbers restart with number “1”. The count is reset in 10 year cycles




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