June 5, 2018 Ballot Prop. 71

Proposition 71: Effective Date of Ballot Measures

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 4,995,361 (77.6%)

No votes: 1,439,686 (22.4%)

This measure amends the State Constitution so that state initiatives and referenda, as well as legislative ballot measures that change the State Constitution, take effect on the fifth day after the Secretary of State files the statement of the vote. Therefore, if this measure is approved, most state ballot measures would take effect about six weeks (no later than 43 days) after Election Day. This would allow counties to finish counting ballots and the Secretary of State to certify results before these ballot measures go into effect.

Voter Information

Public Opinion

  • Berkeley IGS Poll 
  • Public Policy Institute of California 

Non-Partisan Resources

Pro/Con Statements

Proposition 71 will prevent confusion over implementation dates for ballot measures in future elections. Currently, measures are effective the day after the election, unless otherwise specified. Proposition 71 will provide a clear point at which measures shall be effective, eliminating confusion when election outcomes have yet to be certified.
Although surely well-intended, Proposition 71 is unnecessary and would prevent future ballot measures from (retroactively) taking effect "the day after the election" as is currently permitted by the California Constitution. Sometimes it is important that changes in the law made by voters apply as soon as possible.