California Proposition 27, Ballot Declaration of Position on Term Limits (2000)
Proposition 27, if it had been approved, would have allowed all California candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to sign a declaration saying that, if elected, they either would or would not voluntarily limit their years of service.
Candidates who agreed to term limits would have indicated, under Proposition 27's terms, that they would voluntarily serve no more than two terms in the Senate (or 12 years) or three terms in the House of Representatives (or 6 years).
Proposition 27 also allowed any such candidate to ask the California Secretary of State to place on the ballotsa statement that the candidate either did or did not sign such a declaration to voluntarily limit his or her terms of service.
Proposition 27 would have not have required a candidate to sign a declaration, and it would not have required him or her to ask the California Secretary of State to provide information regarding the declarations on the ballot.
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
- Permits congressional candidates to voluntarily sign non-binding declaration of intention to serve no more than three terms in House of Representatives or two terms in the United States Senate.
- Requires placement of information on ballots and state-sponsored voter education materials when authorized by candidates.
- Candidates may appear on ballot without submitting declaration.
- Declaration by winning candidate applies to future elections for same office.
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 27. That estimate was:
- Unknown, but probably not significant, election costs to the state and counties.
A minimal amount--less than $10,000--was spent supporting and opposing the measure.
- Official Voter Guide to Proposition 27
- Full text of Proposition 27
- Official declaration of the March 7, 2000 vote
- Smart Voter on Proposition 27
- Cal Voter on Prop 27
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