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November 3, 2020 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 14 (2020): Stem Cell Research -- --
Proposition 15 (2020): Commercial Property Taxes -- --
Proposition 16 (2020): Restoring Affirmative Action -- --
Proposition 17 (2020): Voting Rights for People on Parole -- --
Proposition 18 (2020): Voting Rights for 17-Year-Olds -- --
Proposition 19 (2020): Property Tax Transfers -- --
Proposition 20 (2020): Changes to Criminal Sentencing and Parole -- --
Proposition 21 (2020): Rent Control and Local Governments -- --
Proposition 22 (2020): App-Based Rideshare and Delivery Drivers -- --
Proposition 23 (2020): Kidney Dialysis Clinics -- --
Proposition 24 (2020): Expand Consumer Privacy Act -- --
Proposition 25 (2020): Bail Reform -- --
Ballot Endorsements for Nov. 3, 2020 Measures -- --
March 3, 2020 : Presidential Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 13 (2020): School and College Facilities Bond 4,304,013 (47.0%) 4,856,154 (53.0%)
Ballot Endorsements for March 3, 2020 Measures -- --
November 6, 2018 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 1 (2018): Affordable housing bond 6,751,018 (56.2%) 5,258,157 (43.8%)
Proposition 2 (2018): Mental Health Funding for Housing [7,662,528] 63.4% [4,417,327] 36.6%
Proposition 3 (2018): Water Bond 5,879,836 (49.3%) 6,034,991 (50.7%)
Proposition 4 (2018): Childrens Hospital Bond 7,551,298 (62.7%) 4,494,143 (37.3%)
Proposition 5 (2018): Portable Prop 13 4,813,251 (40.2%) 7,152,993 (59.8%)
Proposition 6 (2018): Gas Tax Repeal 5,283,222 (43.2%) 6,952,081 (56.8%)
Proposition 7 (2018): Repeal Daylight Savings Time 7,167,315 (59.7%) 4,828,564 (40.3%)
Proposition 8 (2018): Dialysis Clinic Regulation 4,845,264 (40.1%) 7,247,917 (59.9%)
Proposition 10 (2018): Expanded Rent Control 4,949,543 (40.6%) 7,251,443 (59.4%)
Proposition 11 (2018): Paramedic Break Time 7,181,116 (59.6%) 4,861,831 (40.4%)
Proposition 12 (2018): Improve Conditions for Farm Animals 7,551,434 (62.7%) 4,499,702 (37.3%)
Ballot Endorsements for November 6, 2018 Measures -- --
June 5, 2018 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 68: Parks and Water Projects Bond 3,808,000 (57.4%) 2,831,899 (42.6%)
Proposition 69: Transportation Taxes and Fees Allocation 5,386,972 (81.0%) 1,262,455 (19.0%)
Proposition 70: Spending Rules for Cap and Trade Revenue 2,251,740 (35.3%) 4,126,406 (64.7%)
Proposition 71: Effective Date of Ballot Measures 4,995,361 (77.6%) 1,439,686 (22.4%)
Proposition 72: Exclude Rainwater Capture Systems from Tax Assessment 5,537,110 (84.6%) 1,009,853 (15.4%)
Ballot Endorsements for June 5, 2018 Measures -- --
November 8, 2016 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 51: Public School Facilities Improvement 7,516,142 (55.2%) 6,104,294 (44.8%)
Proposition 52: Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fees to Medi-Cal 9,427,714 (70.1%) 4,026,710 (29.9%)
Proposition 53: Voter Approval Requirement for Revenue Bonds Over $2 Billion 6,508,909 (49.4%) 6,660,555 (50.6%)
Proposition 54: Publication of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote 8,607,266 (65.4%) 4,559,903 (34.6%)
Proposition 55: Extension of Personal Income Tax Increases 8,594,273 (63.3%) 4,988,329 (36.7%)
Proposition 56: Tobacco Tax Increase 8,980,448 (64.4%) 4,957,994 (35.6%)
Proposition 57: Parole for Non-Violent Criminals; Juvenile Court Trial Requirements 8,790,723 (64.5%) 4,847,354 (35.5%)
Proposition 58: Allow Non-English Languages in Public Education 9,994,454 (73.5%) 3,598,855 (26.5%)
Proposition 59: Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question 6,845,943 (53.2%) 6,027,084 (46.8%)
Proposition 60: Condom Requirement in Pornographic Films 6,168,388 (46.3%) 7,146,039 (53.7%)
Proposition 61: Drug Price Standards 6,254,342 (46.8%) 7,109,642 (53.2%)
Proposition 62: Repeal of the Death Penalty 6,361,788 (46.8%) 7,218,625 (53.2%)
Proposition 63: Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban 8,663,159 (63.1%) 5,070,772 (36.9%)
Proposition 64: Marijuana Legalization 7,979,041 (57.1%) 5,987,020 (42.9%)
Proposition 65: Revenue from Disposable Bag Sales to Support Environmental Projects 6,222,547 (46.1%) 7,276,478 (53.9%)
Proposition 66: Death Penalty Procedures 6,626,159 (51.1%) 6,333,731 (48.9%)
Proposition 67: Plastic Bag Ban 7,228,900 (53.3%) 6,340,322 (46.7%)
Ballot Endorsements for Nov. 8, 2016 Measures -- --
June 7, 2016 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 50: Members of the Legislature: Suspension 3,766,852 (75.3%) 1,238,521 (24.7%)
Ballot Endorsements for June 7, 2016 Measures -- --
Nov. 4, 2014: General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 1: Funding for Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, and Storage Projects 4,771,350 (67.1%) 2,336,676 (32.9%)
Proposition 2: Budget Stabilization Account 4,831,045 (69.1%) 2,158,004 (30.9%)
Proposition 45: Health Insurance Rate Changes 2,917,882 (41.1%) 4,184,416 (58.9%)
Proposition 46: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. 2,376,817 (33.2%) 4,774,364 (66.8%)
Proposition 47: Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. 4,238,156 (59.6%) 2,871,943 (40.4%)
Proposition 48: Indian Gaming Compacts 2,702,157 (39.0%) 4,219,881 (61.0%)
Ballot Endorsements for Nov. 4, 2014 Measures -- --
June 3, 2014: Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 41: Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act 2,328,377 (65.3%) 1,236,276 (34.7%)
Proposition 42 : Public Information 2,126,079 (61.9%) 1,309,953 (38.1%)
Ballot Endorsements for June 3, 2014 Measures -- --
November 6, 2012 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund State Programs 7,014,114 (55.4%) 5,653,636 (44.6%)
Proposition 31: State Budget 4,642,088 (39.5%) 7,115,164 (60.5%)
Proposition 32: Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction 5,400,218 (43.4%) 7,043,915 (56.6%)
Proposition 33: Auto Insurance Prices 5,510,281 (45%) 6,737,570 (55%)
Proposition 34: Death Penalty 5,974,243 (48%) 6,460,262 (52%)
Proposition 35: Human Trafficking Penalties 10,078,476 (81.3%) 2,310,610 (18.7%)
Proposition 36: Revision of the Three Strikes Law 8,575,619 (69.3%) 3,798,216 (30.7%)
Proposition 37: Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods 6,088,713 (48.6%) 6,442,370 (51.4%)
Proposition 38: Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs 3,541,199 (28.7%) 8,789,890 (71.3%)
Proposition 39: Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses 7,384,416 (61.1%) 4,701,562 (38.9%)
Proposition 40: California State Senate Redistricting 8,354,156 (71.9%) 3,258,740 (28.1%)
Ballot Endorsements for Nov. 6, 2012 Measures -- --
June 5, 2012 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 28: Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office 2,652,766 (61.2%) 1,679,049 (38.8%)
Proposition 29: Imposes Additional Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research 2,193,542 (49.6%) 2,230,666 (50.4%)
Endorsements: June 2012 Primary -- --
November 2, 2010 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 19: Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 4,643,592 (46.5%) 5,333,230 (53.5%)
Proposition 20: Congressional district lines to be re-drawn by a committee 5,743,069 (61.3%) 3,636,892 (38.7%)
Proposition 21: Increase vehicle license fees to fund state parks 4,190,643 (42.7%) 5,615,595 (57.3%)
Proposition 22: Local Taxpayer, Public Safety & Transportation Protection Act 5,733,755 (60.7%) 3,725,014 (39.3%)
Proposition 23: Suspend pollution control laws until unemployment falls below 5.5% 3,733,883 (38.4%) 5,974,564 (61.6%)
Proposition 24: Eliminates three business tax provisions 3,947,502 (49.1%) 5,470,477 (58.1%)
Proposition 25: State budget can be passed with a simple majority vote 5,262,052 (55.1%) 4,292,648 (44.9%)
Proposition 26: Increases vote requirements for fees and charges 4,923,834 (52.5%) 4,470,234 (47.5%)
Proposition 27: Return task of redistricting to the California State Legislature (repealing Proposition 11) 3,736,443 (40.5%) 5,468,703 (59.5%)
Endorsements: November 2010 General -- --
June 8, 2010 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 13: Seismic Retrofitting 3,263,664 (84.6%) 598,245 (15.4%)
Proposition 14: Primary Elections 2,117,064 (54.2%) 1,795,744 (45.8%)
Proposition 15: Fair Elections 1,623,568 (42.5%) 2,189,734 (57.5%)
Proposition 16: Electricity Providers 1,869,805 (47.7%) 2,049,858 (52.3%)
Proposition 17: Auto Insurance 1,889,363 (48.1%) 2,038,215 (51.9%)
Endorsements: June 2010 Primary -- --
May 19, 2009 : Special Election
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 1A (2009): Changes the way the state sets aside "rainy day" funds 1,668,216 (34.6%) 3,152,141 (65.4%)
Proposition 1B (May 18, 2009): Payments to K-12 education 1,834,242 (38.1%) 2,975,560 (61.9%)
Proposition 1C: Allows state to borrow from lottery profits 1,708,800 (35.6%) 3,085,138 (64.4%)
Proposition 1D: Redirects Proposition 10 (1998) funds 1,633,107 (34%) 3,157,680 (66%)
Proposition 1E: The Mental Health Services Act: Proposition 63 Amendments 1,597,907 (33.5%) 3,169,163 (66.5%)
Proposition 1F: State Officer Salary Increases 3,565,419 (74.3%) 1,237,694 (25.7%)
Endorsements: May 2009 Special -- --
November 4, 2008 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 1A (2008): Changes the way the state sets aside "rainy day" funds 1,668,216 (34.6%) 3,152,141 (65.4%)
Proposition 2: Treatment of Farm Animals 8,203,769 (63.5%) 4,731,738 (37%)
Proposition 3: Children's Hospital Projects 6,984,319 (55.3%) 5,654,586 (44.7%)
Proposition 4: Parental Notification of Abortion 6,220,473 (48%) 6,728,478 (52%)
Proposition 5: Drug treatment and Parole for Criminals 5,155,206 (40.5%) 7,566,783 (59.5%)
Proposition 6: Changes in Parole, Sentencing, and Juvenile Justice Systems 3,824,372 (30.8%) 8,559,647 (69.2%)
Proposition 7: Utility Regulations 4,502,235 (35.5%) 8,155,181 (64.5%)
Proposition 8: Ban on Same-Sex Marriage 7,001,084 (52.3%) 6,401,482 (47.7%)
Proposition 9: Victims' Rights Laws 6,682,465 (53.9%) 5,728,968 (46.1%)
Proposition 10: Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuel 5,098,666 (40.5%) 7,464,154 (59.5%)
Proposition 11: Redistricting Reform 6,095,033 (50.9%) 5,897,655 (49.1%)
Proposition 12: Home Loans to Veterans 7,807,630 (63.6%) 4,481,196 (36.4%)
Endorsements: November 2008 General -- --
June 3, 2008 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 98: Eminent Domain and Rent Control Elimination 1,675,213 (38.4%) 2,677,456 (61.6%)
Proposition 99: Eminent Domain 2,678,106 (62%) 1,644,509 (38%)
Endorsements: June 2008 Primary -- --
February 5, 2008 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 91: Transportation Funding 3,427,588 (41.6%) 4,794,776 (58.4%)
Proposition 92: Community Colleges Funding 3,613,332 (42.7%) 4,831,445 (57.3%)
Proposition 93: Term Limits 3,961,466 (46.4%) 4,574,826 (53.6%)
Proposition 94 : Tribal Compacts 4,812,313 (55.6%) 3,848,998 (44.4%)
Proposition 95: Tribal Compacts 4,809,573 (55.6%) 3,841,352 (44.4%)
Proposition 96: Tribal Compacts 4,785,413 (55.5%) 3,844,408 (44.5%)
Proposition 97: Tribal Compacts 4,786,884 (55.5%) 3,838,892 (44.5%)
Endorsements: February 2008 Primary -- --
November 7, 2006 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 1A (2006): Transportation Funding Protection 6,400,587 (77%) 1,916,925 (23%)
Proposition 1B: Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security 5,112,142 (61.4%) 3,218,657 (38.6%)
Proposition 1C: Housing and Emergency Shelter 4,814,850 (57.8%) 3,521,055 (42.3%)
Proposition 1D: Public Education Facilities 4,754,868 (56.9%) 3,602,055 (43.1%)
Proposition 83: Sexual Predator Punishment and Control 5,926,800 (70.5%) 2,483,597 (29.5%)
Proposition 84: Safe Drinking Water 4,431,945 (53.8%) 3,807,005 (46.1%)
Proposition 85: Parental Notification of Abortion 3,868,714 (45.8%) 4,576,128 (54.2%)
Proposition 86: Tobacco Tax Act of 2006 4,136,358 (48.3%) 4,425,689 (51.7%)
Proposition 87: Clean Alternative Energy 3,861,217 (45.4%) 4,635,265 (54.6%)
Proposition 88: Classroom Learning and Accountability 1,947,312 (23.3%) 6,396,956 (76.7%)
Proposition 89: Clean Money and Fair Elections 2,124,728 (25.7%) 6,132,618 (74.3%)
Proposition 90: Eminent Domain 3,932,043 (47.6%) 4,324,722 (52.4%)
Endorsements: November 2006 General -- --
June 6, 2006 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 81: Library Construction and Literacy Improvement 2,326,354 (47.3%) 2,591,012 (52.7%)
Proposition 82: Universal Preschool 1,958,243 (39.2%) 3,036,283 (60.8%)
Endorsements: June 2006 Primary -- --
November 8, 2005 : Special Election
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 73: Parental Notification of Abortion 3,676,592 (47.2%) 4,109,430 (52.8%)
Proposition 74: Teacher Tenure 3,516,071 (44.8%) 4,329,025 (55.2%)
Proposition 75: Union Dues for Political Purposes 3,644,006 (46.5%) 4,190,412 (53.5%)
Proposition 76: Spending Limits/School Funding 2,948,243 (37.6%) 4,877,735 (62.4%)
Proposition 77: Redistricting 3,130,541 (40.2%) 4,641,633 (59.8%)
Proposition 78: Prescription Drug Discounts 3,199,193 (41.5%) 4,508,873 (58.5%)
Proposition 79: Prescription Drug Discounts 3,003,912 (39.3%) 4,625,132 (60.70%)
Proposition 80: Electricity Regulation 2,580,536 (34.4%) 4,920,679 (65.6%)
Endorsements: November 2005 Special -- --
November 2, 2004 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Proposition 1A (2004): Protection of Local Government Revenues 9,411,198 (83.7%) 1,840,002 (16.3%)
Proposition 59: Access to Government Information 9,334,852 (83.4%) 1,870,146 (16.6%)
Proposition 60: Primary Elections 7,227,433 (67.6%) 3,478,774 (32.4%)
Proposition 60A: Surplus State Property 7,776,374 (73.3%) 2,843,435 (26.7%)
Proposition 61: Children's Hospitals 6,629,095 (58.3%) 4,750,309 (41.7%)
Proposition 62: Primary Elections 5,119,155 (46.1%) 5,968,770 (53.9%)
Proposition 63: Mental Health Services Funding 6,191,691 (53.8%) 5,337,216 (46.2%)
Proposition 64: Unfair Business Competition Laws 6,571,694 (59%) 4,578,725 (41%)
Proposition 65: Propositions 1A & 65: Local Government Revenues 3,901,748 (37.6%) 6,471,506 (62.4%)
Proposition 66: Limitation on "Three-Strikes" Law 5,604,060 (47.3%) 6,238,060 (52.7%)
Proposition 67: Emergency Medical Services 3,243,132 (28.4%) 8,165,809 (71.6%)
Proposition 68: Tribal Gaming 1,897,177 (16.2%) 9,801,284 (83.8%)
Proposition 69: DNA Samples 7,194,343 (62.1%) 4,400,826 (37.9%)
Proposition 70: Tribal Gaming 2,763,800 (23.7%) 8,880,110 (76.3%)
Proposition 71: Stem Cells 7,018,059 (51.9%) 4,867,090 (40.9%)
Proposition 72: Health Care Coverage 5,709,500 (49.1%) 5,889,936 (50.8%)
Endorsements - November 2004 General -- --
March 2, 2004 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Endorsements - March 2004 Primary -- --
October 7, 2003 : Special Election
Title Yes votes No votes
Endorsements - October 2003 Special -- --
November 5, 2002 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Endorsements - November 2002 General -- --
March 5, 2002 : Primary
Title Yes votes No votes
Endorsements - March 2002 Primary -- --
November 7, 2000 : General
Title Yes votes No votes
Endorsements - November 2000 General -- --