California's five June propositions are assigned official numbers

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February 1, 2010

SACRAMENTO, California: On Friday, January 29, Debra Bowen, California's Secretary of State, announced that her office has assigned official ballot proposition numbers to the five propositions qualified for the June 8, 2010 ballot.[1] The five numbers on the ballot go from Proposition 13-Proposition 17, and include three proposed constitutional amendments and two proposed state statutes.

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Prop 13, Seismic Retrofitting Taxes Seismic retrofitting should not add to property's tax assessed value
LRCA Prop 14, Top Two Primaries Elections Top two primary vote getters move to general regardless of party affiliation
LRSS Prop 15, Public Funding of Elections Elections Public funding of politician's campaigns
CICA Proposition 16 Elections New two-thirds vote requirement for local public electricity providers
CISS Proposition 17 Regulation Discount for those who have had continuous auto insurance coverage

The next step in the process of preparing the propositions for the June election is for supporters and opponents to craft and submit ballot arguments by February 9 for what will become the state's official June 8 voter guide.

Some details on the ballot argument process:

  • Ballot arguments cannot exceed 500 words
  • Rebuttals to ballot arguments cannot exceed 250 words.
  • Submissions of ballot arguments are to be typed and double-spaced.
  • The deadline to submit ballot arguments is February 9 by 5:00 p.m.
  • The deadline to submit rebuttals to the ballot arguments is February 18 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Arguments that are selected for the Official Voter Information Guide will be on public display between February 23 and March 15
  • If multiple arguments are submitted for one proposition:
  • State law gives first priority to arguments written by legislators in the case of a legislative measure.
  • State law gives first priority to arguments written by the proponents of an initiative in the case of an initiative measure.
  • Subsequent priority is given by law to "bona fide citizen associations" and then to individuals.
  • No more than three signers are allowed to appear with an argument or rebuttal to an argument.

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