San Francisco Signatures Required for Recalls, Proposition E (November 2008)

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A San Francisco Change in the Number of Signatures Required to Recall City Officials Act, Proposition E ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, where it was approved.

San Francisco is a charter city/county. As such, it has the right to set its own requirements for procedures regarding the recall of its local elected officials, including the number of signatures required to force a recall election.

The State of California has signature requirements for local recall elections that apply to all general law cities in the state. Proposition E changed the number of signatures required to recall local elected officials so that its requirement conforms to the state's requirements.

Prior to the adoption of Proposition E, signatures equalling 10% of the number of registered voters in a supervisory district were required to force a recall election. After the adoption of Proposition E, the number of required signatures is based on a sliding scale. For supervisory districts with at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000 registered voters, signatures equalling 20% of the registered voters in the district are now required. Most of San Francisco's supervisory districts do have between 10,000 and 50,000 registered voters. One district (District 8) had more than 50,000 registered voters in 2008. According to the state's sliding scale, signatures equalling 15% of the registered voters in such a district are required to force a recall election.

Election results

Proposition E
Approveda Yes 195,605 60.1%
These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Proposition E: "Shall the City adopt state law signature requirements for petitions to recall City officials?"[1]

Path to the ballot

Proposition E was referred to the ballot by a 7-4 vote of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

In favor:

  • Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Maxwell, McGoldrick and Mirkarimi.


  • Supervisors Chu, Elsbernd, Peskin and Sandoval.

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