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California 2005 ballot propositions

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Eight statewide ballot propositions were on a special November 8, 2005 election ballot in California. Three of the propositions proposed new amendments to the California Constitution, while five of the measures proposed new state statutes. California's voters rejected all eight of the statewide ballot propositions.

$417 million was spent on the eight statewide ballot measure campaigns.[1]

The November 8 special ballot proposition election in California was hotly contested, not just on the individual measures but on whether the election should have been held at all. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger received increasing pressure to cancel the election throughout the summer and fall of 2005. On August 1st, the California Legislative Counsel's office issued a statement claiming that the Governor of California would be legally allowed to cancel the November 8 election up to the time on November 8 that the polls opened, simply by issuing a proclamation that the special election would be called off.[2]

One concern expressed about the election was its cost and who would pay for the cost of administering it. The State of California did not reimburse California's 58 counties for the costs of administering the 2003 special election. Gov. Schwarzenegger said that the state government would pick up the tab, but counties remained distrustful. The California Secretary of State's Office contacted all 58 counties in California with a promissory note that all costs incurred to cover the cost of the special statewide election would be included in the state budget for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

On the ballot

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 73 Abortion Parental notification Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 74 Education Dismissing teachers Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 75 Paycheck protection Employee consent for union withholding Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 76 Spending caps Lid on school funding Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 77 Redistricting Rules governing state legislative redistricting Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 78 Healthcare Discounts on prescription drugs Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 79 Healthcare Discounts on prescription drugs Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 80 Business regulation Regulate electric service providers Defeatedd

Cost of signatures

See also: California ballot initiative petition signature costs
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Proposition 73 Abortion Bader & Associates, Inc. $2,527,611 598,105 $4.23
Proposition 74 Labor NPM, Arno and Forde $1,514,707 373,816 $4.05
Proposition 75 Labor NPM, Arno and Forde $1,514,707 373,816 $4.05
Proposition 76 Spending NPM, Arno and Forde $2,423,529 598,105 $4.05
Proposition 77 Redistricting NPM, Arno and Forde $2,423,529 598,105 $4.05
Proposition 78 Healthcare Progressive and Bader $2,415,397 373,816 $6.46
Proposition 79 Healthcare Kimball Petition Management $4,635,466 373,816 $12.40
Proposition 80 Energy Kimball Petition Management $4,839,466 373,816 $12.95
TOTAL: $22,294,412

Note: The petition drives for Proposition 74, Proposition 75, Proposition 76 and Proposition 77 were conducted jointly. Three different petition drive management companies were involved. The expense reports were pooled. It is not therefore possible to determine the exact costs of each individual petition drive. The costs in this chart were derived by assuming that each signature in each of the four petition drives had the same cost. The overall cost of the four petition drives was $7,876,472.40.

Historical perspective

Considering citizen-initiated propositions only:

See also

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