California Proposition 12, State Assembly Redistricting Act (June 1982)

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California Proposition 12 was on the June 8, 1982 statewide primary ballot in California as a veto referendum, where it was defeated.

Proposition 12 was a statewide vote about whether to approve or reject the California State Assembly redistricting law adopted in 1981 by the California State Legislature.

If Proposition 12 had been approved, the California State Assembly districts established by the legislature would have remained unchanged until 1991.

Since Proposition 12 was defeated, the state assembly districts set by the legislature in 1981 were only used for the primary and general elections in 1982. In 1983, the Legislature was required to adopt new boundaries.

See also: Congressional Redistricting Act (Proposition 10) and State Senate Redistricting Act (Proposition 11)

Election results

Proposition 12
Defeatedd No3,091,88862.1%
Yes 1,889,730 37.9%

Ballot summary

Proposition 12's official ballot summary said:

"A "yes" vote approves, a "no" vote rejects, a statute (Chapter 537) enacted by 1981 Legislature revising the boundaries of the 80 Assembly districts and adopting other provisions relating to redistricting and placing an initiative or referendum on the ballot. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: Approval would not affect state or local costs. Rejection, which would require establishment of new Assembly districts in 1983, would result in state costs of $400,000 and county costs of $650,000."

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

"Approval of this statute would not affect state or local costs.
Rejection of this statute would require the Legislature to establish new Assembly districts in 1983 and would make ineffective the other provisions of the statute. The State General Fund costs associated with establishing new Assembly districts would be approximately $400,000. Counties would incur one-time costs of approximately $650,000 to develop new precinct maps and related election materials for the districts."

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