A ballot summary in California is a "a concise summary of the general meaning and effect" of a statewide California ballot proposition.
According to Section 9085 of the California Elections Code:
- The state's official ballot pamphlets must contain the summary statement.
- The summary statements are to be prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO)
- The statements are not intended to provide comprehensive information.
- The LAO is "solely responsible for determining the contents of these statements."