You have full Initiative & Referendum rights. Citizens can pass laws they write or suspend a statute passed by the Legislature by collecting enough petition signatures to place the statute on the statewide ballot for a decision by the voters. Voters can also initiate constitutional amendments by Initiative.
Click here to view California’s individual report in Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights.
For more information about how to get involved in protecting and expanding California’s initiative process contact Amanda Roman in our California office:
State Balloting Process
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Ballot Qualifications & Schedule
Date Initiative language can be submitted: Any time
Signatures tied to vote of which office: Governor
Next Gubernatorial election: 2010
Votes cast for governor in last election: 8,899,059
Net number of signatures required: 8% of votes cast for Governor for a
constitutional amendment (711,925) and 5% for a statute (444,953)
Distribution requirement: None
Circulation period: 150 days
Do circulators have to be residents: No
Date when signatures are due for certification: No petition may be
circulated prior to the official summary date. The completed and signed
petition must be filed with the county elections official not later than 150
days from the official summary date; no petition may be accepted for
filing after that date. Each initiative will be placed on the next statewide
general or special election ballot that occurs at least 131 days after the
Signature verification process: Random Sampling
Single-subject restriction: Yes
Legislative tampering: The legislature cannot amend or repeal an
initiative, unless it is permitted by the initiative.