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California 2017 Statewide Ballot

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Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

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  • Statewide Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Bond Measures | Education: Higher Ed | Education: PreK-12

    Proposition 51: Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act

    Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction and $3 billion for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community Colleges facilities. Bars amendment to existing authority to levy developer fees to fund school facilities, until new construction bond proceeds are spent or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Bars amendment to existing State Allocation Board process for allocating school construction funding, as to these bonds. Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes4,663,80754.0 %
    No3,977,20246.0 %
    Health | State Government

    Proposition 52: State Fees on Hospitals Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds

    Increases required vote to two-thirds for the Legislature to amend a certain existing law that imposes fees on hospitals (for purpose of obtaining federal Medi-Cal matching funds) and that directs those fees and federal matching funds to hospital-provided Medi-Cal health care services, to uncompensated care provided by hospitals to uninsured patients, and to children's health coverage. Eliminates law's ending date. Declares that law's fee proceeds shall not be considered revenues for purposes of applying state spending limit or determining required education funding.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes5,951,34669.6 %
    No2,600,36630.4 %
    Bond Measures | Tax & Revenue

    Proposition 53: No Blank Checks Initiative

    Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for projects that are financed, owned, operated, or managed by the state or any joint agency created by or including the state, if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. Prohibits dividing projects into multiple separate projects to avoid statewide voter approval requirement.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes4,073,37148.6 %
    No4,310,16251.4 %
    Legislatures

    Proposition 54: Legislative Transparency Act

    Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 72 hours before the vote, except in cases of public emergency. Requires the Legislature to make audiovisual recordings of all its proceedings, except closed session proceedings, and post them on the Internet. Authorizes any person to record legislative proceedings by audio or video means, except closed session proceedings. Allows recordings of legislative proceedings to be used for any legitimate purpose, without payment of any fee to the State.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes5,380,47664.3 %
    No2,987,65835.7 %
    Tax & Revenue

    Proposition 55: Extension of Temporary Personal Income Tax Increase Amendment

    Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000 (for single filers; over $500,000 for joint filers; over $340,000 for heads of household). Allocates these tax revenues 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to California Community Colleges. Allocates up to $2 billion per year in certain years for healthcare programs. Bars use of education revenues for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how revenues are to be spent.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes5,351,22662.1 %
    No3,265,04537.9 %
    Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy | Health | Tax & Revenue

    Proposition 56: Cigarette Tax Increase Amendment

    Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. Allocates revenues primarily to increase funding for existing healthcare programs; also for tobacco use prevention/control programs, tobacco-related disease research and law enforcement, University of California physician training, dental disease prevention programs, and administration. Excludes these revenues from Proposition 98 funding requirements. If tax causes decreased tobacco consumption, transfers tax revenues to offset decreases to existing tobacco-funded programs and sales tax revenues. Requires biennial audit.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes5,551,80962.9 %
    No3,272,39837.1 %
    Criminal Justice

    Proposition 57: Prison Sentence Reform Amendment

    Allows parole consideration for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies upon completion of full prison term for primary offense, as defined. Authorizes Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to award sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, or educational achievements. Requires Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to adopt regulations to implement new parole and sentence credit provisions and certify they enhance public safety. Provides juvenile court judges shall make determination, upon prosecutor motion, whether juveniles age 14 and older should be prosecuted and sentenced as adults

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes5,502,08863.6 %
    No3,151,34336.4 %
    Education: PreK-12

    Proposition 58: English Language Education

    Amends and repeals various provisions of Proposition 227. Deletes sheltered English immersion requirements and waivers. Provides that school districts and county offices of education shall provide English learners with a structured English immersion program. Authorizes parents and guardians to choose a language acquisition program best suited for their child. Requires solicitation of input for appropriate instructional methods.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes6,246,38572.4 %
    No2,376,63527.6 %
    Ethics/Lobbying/Campaign Finance

    Proposition 59: Overturn Citizens United Act

    Requires the Secretary of State to submit to the voters at the November 8, 2016, consolidating election a voter instruction asking whether California's elected officials should use all of their constitutional authority, including proposing and ratifying one or more amendments to the United States Constitution. to overturn Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commissions, and other applicable judicial precedents.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes4,293,51452.3 %
    No3,912,34047.7 %
    Health

    Proposition 60: California Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act

    Requires performers in adult films to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers of adult films to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations related to sexually transmitted infections. Requires producers to obtain state health license at beginning of filming and to post condom requirement at film sites. Imposes liability on producers for violations, on certain distributors, on performers if they have a financial interest in the violating film, and on talent agents who knowingly refer performers to noncomplying producers. Permits state, performers, or any state resident to enforce violations.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes3,889,28846.1 %
    No4,554,70553.9 %
    Health | State Government

    Proposition 61: California Drug Price Relief Act

    Prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Applies to any program where the state is the ultimate payer for a drug, even if the state does not purchase the drug directly. Exempts certain purchases of prescription drugs funded through Medi-Cal.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes3,933,59846.3 %
    No4,571,02153.7 %
    Criminal Justice

    Proposition 62: Repeal Death Penalty

    Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. States that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Increases to 60% the portion of wages earned by persons sentenced to life without the possibility of parole that may be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes3,972,15746.1 %
    No4,651,14653.9 %
    Criminal Justice

    Proposition 63: Safety For All Act

    Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal by sale to dealer, destruction, or removal from state. Requires most individuals to pass background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice. Requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement. Prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms. Establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by felons and violent criminals. Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes5,452,06162.6 %
    No3,253,92237.4 %
    Business & Commerce | Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy | Tax & Revenue

    Proposition 64: Legalization of Marijuana for Adults Over 21

    Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law. Designates state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry. Imposes state excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15% of sales price, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. Exempts medical marijuana from some taxation. Establishes packaging, labeling, advertising, and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation of marijuana. Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana to minors. Authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes4,957,81855.8 %
    No3,924,52644.2 %
    Environmental Protection | Tax & Revenue

    Proposition 65: Environmental Fund from Reusable Bag Fees

    Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through sale of carry-out bags, whenever any state law bans free distribution of a particular kind of carry-out bag and mandates the sale of any other kind of carry-out bag. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board to support specified categories of environmental projects. Provides for Board to develop regulations implementing law.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes3,825,53344.7 %
    No4,740,25255.3 %
    Criminal Justice

    Proposition 66: Death Penalty Revision

    Changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Imposes time limits on state court death penalty review. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods. Authorizes death row inmate transfers among California state prisons. States death row inmates must work and pay victim restitution. States other voter approved measures related to death penalty are null and void if this measure receives more affirmative votes.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes4,210,97450.9 %
    No4,059,14049.1 %
    Business & Commerce | Environmental Protection

    Proposition 67: Referendum to Overturn Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

    If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law prohibits grocery and certain other retail stores from providing single-use bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes4,474,91852.0 %
    No4,136,95848.0 %
    California Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(80)
    (55)(25)
    State Senators(40)
    (27)(13)
    US Representatives(53)
    (39)(14)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President and Vice President Of The United States -
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 80 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016.
    State Senate - 20 districts up for election in 2016
    US House - Voters will elect 53 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 53 congressional districts.
    US Senate - Voters in California will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 8, 2016.
    Judicial Branch
    Local Judges - A total of 351 seats are up for election.
    Local Government
    School board - 140 districts are holding school board elections for 381 seats in 2016.
    Municipal - In 2016, 46 of the country's 100 largest cities are holding municipal elections.
    Candidates
    California Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

    California is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. California state law stipulates that a group of individual desiring to be write-in candidates for presidential electors "pledged to a particular candidate" must file declarations of candidacy. Each prospective elector must file this form with the secretary of state no later than the 14th day prior to the election

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    April 4, 2017
    California : Special Primary ElectionU.S. Representative, 34th District (Xavier Becerra)
    May 16, 2017
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    June 6, 2017
    California : Special General Election U.S. Representative, 34th District (Xavier Becerra)
    November 7, 2017
    California : Municipal General Election