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  • Election: November 3, 2020
Proposition 14
November 3, 2020
Authorizes Bonds to Continue Funding Stem Cell and Other Medical Research. Initiative Statute.

A YES vote on this measure means: The state could sell $5.5 billion in general obligation bonds primarily for stem cell research and the development of new medical treatments in California.

A NO vote on this measure means: The state could not sell $5.5 billion in general obligation bonds primarily for stem cell research and the development of new medical treatments in California.

To get a better understanding of bond debt, see our Overview of State Bond Debt.

Proposition 15
November 3, 2020
Increases Funding for Public Schools, Community Colleges, and Local Government Services by Changing Tax Assessment of Commercial and Industrial Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

A YES vote on this measure means: Property taxes on most commercial properties worth more than $3 million would go up in order to provide new funding to local governments and schools.

A NO vote on this measure means: Property taxes on commercial properties would stay the same. Local governments and schools would not get new funding.

Proposition 16
November 3, 2020
ACA 5 (Resolution Chapter 23), Weber. Government preferences.

A YES vote on this measure means: State and local entities could consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting to the extent allowed under federal and state law.

A NO vote on this measure means: The current ban on the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting would remain in effect.

Proposition 17
November 3, 2020
ACA 6 (Resolution Chapter 24), McCarty. Elections: disqualification of electors.

A YES vote on this measure means: People on state parole who are U.S. citizens, residents of California, and at least 18 years of age would be able to vote, if they register to vote.

A NO vote on this measure means: People on state parole would continue to be unable to vote in California.

Proposition 18
November 3, 2020
ACA 4 (Resolution Chapter 30), Mullin. Elections: voting age.

A YES vote on this measure means: Eligible 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old by the time of the next general election may vote in the primary election and any special elections preceding the general election.

A NO vote on this measure means: No one younger than 18 years of age may vote in any election.

Proposition 19
November 3, 2020
ACA 11 (Resolution Chapter 31), Mullin. The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act.

A YES vote on this measure means: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move. Only inherited properties used as primary homes or farms would be eligible for property tax savings.

A NO vote on this measure means: Some homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would continue to be eligible for property tax savings when they move. All inherited properties would continue to be eligible for property tax savings.

Proposition 20
November 3, 2020
Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute.

A YES vote on this measure means: People who commit certain theft-related crimes (such as repeat shoplifting) could receive increased penalties (such as longer jail terms). Additional factors would be considered for the state’s process for releasing certain inmates from prison early. Law enforcement would be required to collect DNA samples from adults convicted of certain misdemeanors.

A NO vote on this measure means: Penalties for people who commit certain theft-related crimes would not be increased. There would be no change to the state’s process for releasing certain inmates from prison early. Law enforcement would continue to be required to collect DNA samples from adults only if they are arrested for a felony or required to register as sex offenders or arsonists.

Proposition 21
November 3, 2020
Expands Local Governments' Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.

A YES vote on this measure means: State law would allow cities and counties to apply more kinds of rent control to more properties than under current law.

A NO vote on this measure means: State law would maintain current limits on rent control laws cities and counties can apply.

Proposition 22
November 3, 2020
Changes Employment Classification Rules for App-Based Transportation and Delivery Drivers. Initiative Statute.

A YES vote on this measure means: App-based rideshare and delivery companies could hire drivers as independent contractors. Drivers could decide when, where, and how much to work but would not get standard benefits and protections that businesses must provide employees.

A NO vote on this measure means: App-based rideshare and delivery companies would have to hire drivers as employees if the courts say that a recent state law makes drivers employees. Drivers would have less choice about when, where, and how much to work but would get standard benefits and protections that businesses must provide employees.

Proposition 23
November 3, 2020
Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Establishes Minimum Staffing and Other Requirements. Initiative Statute.

A YES vote on this measure means: Chronic dialysis clinics would be required to have a doctor onsite during all patient treatment hours.

A NO vote on this measure means: Chronic dialysis clinics would not be required to have a doctor onsite during all patient treatment hours.

Proposition 24
November 3, 2020
Amends Consumer Privacy Laws. Initiative Statute.

A YES vote on this measure means: Existing consumer data privacy laws and rights would be expanded. Businesses required to meet privacy requirements would change. A new state agency and the state’s Department of Justice would share responsibility for overseeing and enforcing state consumer privacy laws.

A NO vote on this measure means: Businesses would continue to be required to follow existing consumer data privacy laws. Consumers would continue to have existing data privacy rights. The state’s Department of Justice would continue to oversee and enforce these laws.

Proposition 25
November 3, 2020
Referendum to Overturn a 2018 Law That Replaced Money Bail System With a System Based on Public Safety Risk.

A YES vote on this measure means: No one would pay bail to be released from jail before trial. Instead, people would either be released automatically or based on their assessed risk of committing another crime or not appearing in court if released. No one would be charged fees as a condition of release.

A NO vote on this measure means: Some people would continue to pay bail to be released from jail before trial. Other people could continue to be released without paying bail. Fees may continue to be charged as a condition of release.