Ballot Measures by Type

1974 to Present

California voters have considered over 500 propositions on statewide ballots since 1974. Some propositions are put on the ballot by the state Legislature, including measures to modify the state Constitution or approve bond financing for various projects. In addition, Californians have used the initiative process over the years to directly put propositions on the ballot, including measures to change the state Constitution or other state laws.


  Legislative Initiative    
Election Constitutional Bond Othera Constitutional Statuteb Both Referenda Total
June 1974 5 3 1 9
November 1974 15 1 1 17
June 1976 10 4 1 15
November 1976 9 3 1 2 15
June 1978 10 2 1 13
November 1978 3 1 1 3 8
November 1979 3 1 4
June 1980 6 2 2 1 11
November 1980 7 2 1 1 11
June 1982 3 1 3 1 4 12
November 1982 5 5 1 4 15
June 1984 4 4 1 9
November 1984 4 6 1 3 2 16
June 1986 6 4 1 11
November 1986 4 4 1 3 1 13
June 1988 1 4 1 2 4 12
November 1988 8 9 10 2 29
June 1990 4 6 2 2 3 17
November 1990 4 10 1 4 6 3 28
June 1992 1 2 3
November 1992 4 2 1 4 2 13
November 1993 5 1 1 7
June 1994 4 3 1 1 9
November 1994 4 1 4 1 10
March 1996 1 2 4 5 12
November 1996 3 2 10 15
June 1998 3 1 1 3 1 9
November 1998 3 1 1 6 1 12
March 2000 2 5 3 6 1 3 20
November 2000 1 1 1 2 1 2 8
March 2002 2 2 1 1 6
November 2002 1 2 4 7
October 2003 1 1 2
March 2004 1 2 1 4
November 2004 4 1 5 5 1 16
November 2005 3 5 8
June 2006 1 1 2
November 2006 1 4 2 3 3 13
February 2008   2 1 4 7
June 2008 2 2
November 2008 2 2 6 2 12
May 2009 4 2 6
June 2010 1 1 2 1 5
November 2010 4 4 1 9
June 2012 1 1 2
November 2012 1 8 1 1 11
June 2014 1 1 2
November 2014 1 1 3 1 6
June 2016 1 1
November 2016 1 2 9 4 1 17
Totals 157 108 22 42 138 39 15 521

 

a  Generally, measures which change statutes previously approved by the voters.

b  Includes initiatives containing bond funds: Proposition 70—wildlife (June 1988), Proposition 116—rail (June 1990), Proposition 129—prisons (November 1990), Proposition 180—parks (June 1994), and Proposition 84—resources (November 2006), Proposition 3—children’s hospitals (November 2008), Proposition 10—alternative energy (November 2008), and Proposition 51 (November 2016).