How do you find information on propositions in California?


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The California State Government offers information online about state propositions for current elections through the Official Voter Information Guide at voterguide.sos.ca.gov. For historic information, the University of California- Hastings Law Library has an online database that publishes California ballot measures from 1911 to the present.

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Users can find propositions for current ballots in the Official Voter Information Guide. The online guide lists propositions by number and descriptive title. Each entry includes a summary of the ballot measure, what a yes or no vote means and the arguments for and against the proposed measure. The entries also list contact information for the primary entities for and against the proposition.

The California Secretary of State publishes County, City and School District election results, including local ballot measures, such as propositions in the form of initiatives or referendums, on the Secretary of State website. California State University, Sacramento, works with the Secretary of State office to compile these records each July for the previous year's election cycle. The published results range from 1995 to the present.

With the UC Hastings database, users can search by keyword and designate propositions only or propositions and initiatives, as well as indicating the date range for search results. The site offers PDF images of California Ballot Pamphlets from 1911 to the present, as well as PDFs of individual ballot propositions.

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