Ballot Guide

November 8, 2016 Ballot Prop. 54

Proposition 54: Publication of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote Official Results

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

Yes votes: 8,607,266 (65.4%) No votes: 4,559,903 (34.6%)

Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote. Requires Legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet. Authorizes use of recordings. Fiscal Impact: One-time costs of $1 million to $2 million and ongoing costs of about $1 million...

November 8, 2016 Ballot Prop. 51

Proposition 51: Public School Facilities Improvement Official Results

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

Yes votes: 7,516,142 (55.2%) No votes: 6,104,294 (44.8%)

Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities. Fiscal Impact: State costs of about $17.6 billion to pay off both the...

November 8, 2016 Ballot Prop. 52

Proposition 52: Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fees to Medi-Cal Official Results

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

Yes votes: 9,427,714 (70.1%) No votes: 4,026,710 (29.9%)

Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage. Fiscal Impact: Uncertain fiscal effect, ranging from relatively little impact to annual state General Fund savings...

November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 39

Proposition 39: Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses Official Results

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

Yes votes: 7,384,416 (61.1%) No votes: 4,701,562 (38.9%)

Prop. 39 would repeal an existing law that allows multistate businesses to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California. It would require require multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax...

November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 40

Proposition 40: California State Senate Redistricting Official Results

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

Yes votes: 8,354,156 (71.9%) No votes: 3,258,740 (28.1%)

Prop. 40 is a referendum on the California State Senate redistricting plan approved by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. A "Yes" vote approves, and a "No" vote rejects the new State Senate districts. If the proposition does not pass, the districts will be adjusted by officials...

November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 36

Proposition 36: Revision of the Three Strikes Law Official Results

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

Yes votes: 8,575,619 (69.3%) No votes: 3,798,216 (30.7%)

Prop. 36 would alter California's "Three Strikes" law by imposing a life sentence only when the crime committed is a serious violent crime. Some offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions who are currently serving life sentences for many nonserious, non-violent felony convictions could be...

November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 37

Proposition 37: Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Official Results

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

Yes votes: 6,088,713 (48.6%) No votes: 6,442,370 (51.4%)

Prop. 37 would require labeling of any raw or processed food that is made from plants or animals which have had their genetic material altered. The measure would prohibit marketing genetically engineered food as "natural". Certain foods are exempted.

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November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 38

Proposition 38: Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs Official Results

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

Yes votes: 3,541,199 (28.7%) No votes: 8,789,890 (71.3%)

Prop. 38 would increase the state income tax rates for most Californians on a sliding scale, resulting in increased revenues of about $10 billion a year. Revenues would go to K-12 schools and early childhood programs, and to repay some state debt. The income tax increase would end after 12 years,...

November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 34

Proposition 34: Death Penalty Official Results

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

Yes votes: 5,974,243 (48%) No votes: 6,460,262 (52%)

Proposition 34 would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Persons currently sentenced to death would have their sentences converted to life imprisonment. The measure would create a $100 million fund for law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime.

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November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 35

Proposition 35: Human Trafficking Penalties Official Results

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

Yes votes: 10,078,476 (81.3%) No votes: 2,310,610 (18.7%)

This measure would increase prison sentences and fines for human trafficking. A person convicted of human trafficking would be required to register as a sex offender. Registered sex offenders would be required to disclose Internet activities and identities.

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