June 8, 2010 Ballot Prop. 16

Proposition 16: Electricity Providers

Official Results

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

Yes votes: 1,869,805 (47.7%)
No votes: 2,049,858 (52.3%)

Local governments would generally be required to receive two-thirds voter approval before they could start up electricity services and or expand electricity service into a new territory.

Pro/Con Statements

Supporters say that the two-thirds voter approval requirement in Proposition 16 will ensure that taxpayers have final say in how public money is spent on electricity.
Opponents claim that Proposition 16 will drastically limit choices on who provides citizens with electricity. They say that the Proposition will let for-profit utilities raise electricity rates without limit, by protecting their monopoly and eliminating competition.