Initiative Tracking Resources
One invaluable resource for those tracking initiatives is the Secretary
of State's Ballot Initiative Qualification Update web page, which is
updated frequently and available online at: www.ss.ca.gov/elect
Another great resource from the Secretary of State is the Ballot Initiative
Guide, providing further information about how to qualify an initiative,
including important dates and deadlines, available at: www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_h.htm.
Finally, the Attorney General's "Active Initiatives Index" features
the status and text of proposed measures, and can be found online at caag.state.ca.us/initiatives/activeindex.htm.
About California Initiatives
Each election, California voters are asked to vote on numerous ballot
measures, which are often confusing, complex, and occasionally
in conflict with other measures
on the ballot. To help shape a more informed electorate,
the California Voter Foundation tracked initiatives
headed for the ballot in 2000 and 2002, providing the
media and public with the information needed to cover
and participate in the initiative process in a meaningful
To qualify an initiative statute, a proponent must collect 419,260 valid signatures,
which is equal to five percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the last election.
To qualify a constitutional amendment requires 670,816 valid signatures, equal to
eight percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the last election. Additionally,
the legislature can place measures on the ballot through the legislative process.
What's Available from CVF
The links above provide information about initiatives that were in circulation
and that qualified for California's 2000 and 2002
ballots. Information featured includes the official
title and summary of
each measure, proponents' contact information, links
campaign web sites and
links to news stories about the measures.
This information was gathered from a variety of sources
including the Secretary of State, initiative proponents,
and Internet research.
Each measure features an ID number, which is
an internal tracking number used by the Secretary of
State, and should not be confused with a proposition
number. Proposition numbers get assigned to each qualified measure
later in the process.