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Orange County Voter Approval for Retirement Benefits, Measure J (November 2008)

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An Orange County Voter Approval for Retirement Benefits, Measure J ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in Orange County, California, where it was approved.[1]

Measure J amended the county's charter to require a vote of the people on any pension hikes.[2]

At the time of the vote on Measure J, Orange County faced a $2.7 billion deficit in its pension system, which was 73% funded.

Election results

Measure J
Approveda Yes 768,374 75.2%
These final, certified, results are from the Orange County elections office.


The plan was written by Orange County supervisor John Moorlach. He is a critic of public pensions. This was his second attempt at pension reform in Orange County.[3]


The Orange County Employees Association, the county's largest public workers union, opposed Measure J and described it as "misguided."[3]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

MEASURE J: "Shall the ordinance amending the County Charter to require voter approval for certain increases in retirement benefits for County employees and officials be adopted?"

See also