A project of the California Voter Foundation

first published 8/18/99
| last updated 12/12/02

Initiative Watch will no longer receive updates as of December 2002. Use the initiative tracking resources below for information about current initiative campaigns.

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Historical Ballot Initiative Information:
November 2002 ballot measures
March 2002 ballot measures
Failed to qualify 2002
Failed to qualify 2000
November 2000 measures
March 2000 measures
November 1998 measures
June 1998 measures
November 1996 measures
March 1996 measures
November 1994 measures

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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: ions/elections_j.htm.

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:

Finally, the Attorney General's "Active Initiatives Index" features the status and text of proposed measures, and can be found online at

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 way.

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 to initiative 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.


Special thanks to the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation for supporting CVF's Initiative Watch project!

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This page was first published on August 18, 1999 | Last updated on April 24, 2003
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