California Proposition 27, Ballot Declaration of Position on Term Limits (2000)

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California Proposition 27 was on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

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.[1]

Election results

Proposition 27
Defeatedd No4,032,35559.6%
Yes 2,737,274 40.4%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Elections. Term Limit Declarations for Congressional Candidates. Initiative Statute..


The summary of the ballot measure prepared by the California Attorney General read:

  • 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.

Fiscal impact

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.

Campaign donations

A minimal amount--less than $10,000--was spent supporting and opposing the measure.

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