Prepare for More Initiatives in 2016

election 2016 buttonInitiatives for California’s 2016 and 2018 elections will require fewer signatures.  A lot fewer.  The number of signatures that will be required for the 2016 and 2018 elections is down from a bit over 500,000 for the 2012 and 2014 elections to 325,000 signatures.  That’s a big difference.

How did this happen?  Article II of our state constitution bases the number of valid voter signatures required to place initiatives on the ballot to be based on the number of voters who voted in the latest gubernatorial race.  And the 2014 voter turnout was historically low.

More initiatives mean more work for voters and potentially more confusion.   The League’s job will be even more critical in the coming election season.

Read more on the situation reported by KQED.

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