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November 2008 General Election
17th edition

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About the Propositions

California's November ballot includes twelve statewide propositions, 1A through 12, also called ballot measures. Propositions are assigned numbers by the Secretary of State, and require a simple majority to pass.

Click on the links below for more information on each proposition, including the official summary, campaign contact information and links to campaign web sites, news articles, top donors for and against each measure, and a list of who signed the ballot arguments.

  • Proposition 1A - provides for a bond issue of $9.95 billion to establish high-speed train service

  • Proposition 2 - standards for confining farm animals

  • Proposition 3 - authorizes $980 million in general obligation bonds to fund construction and financing of children’s hospitals

  • Proposition 4 - would change the California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent or legal guardian

  • Proposition 5 - would expand treatment programs for persons convicted of drug and other offenses, and changes sentencing and parole policies

  • Proposition 6 - would require minimum annual funding for police and law enforcement, and amend laws and penalties for certain gang, methamphetamine, and car-theft crimes

  • Proposition 7 - requires utilities to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010

  • Proposition 8 - changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California

  • Proposition 9 - requires notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process

  • Proposition 10 - provides for $5 billion in general obligation bonds for the purchase and development of renewable energy resources

  • Proposition 11 - changes authority for establishing Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries from elected representatives to a 14 member commission

  • Proposition 12 - provides for a bond issue of $900 million to provide loans to California veterans to purchase farms and homes


This page was first published on September 27, 2008 | Last updated on October 1, 2008
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