California Proposition 183, Changes to Laws Governing Recall Elections (1994)

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California Proposition 183 was on the November 8, 1994 general election ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment , where it was approved.

Proposition 183 changed the laws governing recall in California so that recall elections would be held within 180 days of certifying the signatures on a recall petition, rather than within 60-80 days of certifying the signatures.

Election results

Proposition 183
Approveda Yes 5,289,573 67.5%

Constitutional changes

California Constitution

Proposition 183 amended Section 15 of Article II of the California Constitution as follows:

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Text of measure

The ballot title was:

Recall Elections. State Officers. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

The ballot summary was:

  • Authorizes a recall election to be held within 180 days of certification of sufficient signatures in order that the election may be consolidated with the next regularly scheduled election occurring in the same jurisdiction.
  • Current law provides that recall elections must be held between 60 and 80 days of the date of certification of sufficient signatures.

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

  • Potentially significant savings to state and local governments.

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 183 on the ballot via Senate Constitutional Amendment 38.

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 62 9
Senate 32 2

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