California’s Ballot Propositions
A proposal placed before the voters. In California, statewide ballot propositions include initiatives and referendums (see below). They may be used to revise state law.
In addition, all amendments to the California Constitution (which sets forth the fundamental laws by which the State of California is governed) come about as a result of constitutional amendments approved by the voters at a statewide election.
Allows a proponent to bypass the Legislature and go directly to the voters to address an issue of public concern.
Upon obtaining title and summary from the Attorney General, the proponent has 150 days to gather the signatures of registered voters. If the initiative revises state law, qualified signatures
must total at least five percent of the votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial election. If the initiative revises the California Constitution, the threshold increases to eight percent.
Allows the voters to reject or approve all or part of a law passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. To qualify for the ballot requires a petition with the signatures of qualified voters totaling at least five percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.