Ballot Measures

2020 Ballot Measures

The following are ballot Measures on the November 3, 2020. Ballots. Information Is being added over the next few days.

AlabamaMeasures

Authorizes the state legislature during the 2022 regular session to recompile the Alabama Constitution and provide for its ratification

Makes changes to judicial law and court systems and procedures
States that only a citizen can vote in Alabama
Provide that a judge, other than a probate judge, appointed to fill a vacancy would serve an initial term until the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January following the next general election after the judge has completed two years in office

ArkansasMeasures

Maintains Act 579 (House Bill 1251) to amend the definition of practice of optometry to allow optometrists to perform surgical procedures

​The Arkansas Transportation Sales Tax Continuation Amendment is on the ballot in Arkansas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote supports continuing a 0.5% sales tax, with revenue dedicated to state and local highways, roads, and bridges, that would otherwise expire in 2023.

A “no” vote opposes continuing the 0.5% sales tax, thereby allowing the tax to expire once bond debt authorized in 2012 is repaid in 2023.

The Arkansas Initiative Process and Legislative Referral Requirements Amendment is on the ballot in Arkansas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote supports the amendment to change requirements for citizen initiatives and legislative referrals.

A “no” vote opposes amendment to change requirements for citizen initiatives and legislative referrals, thereby leaving the initiative and referral process unchanged.

The Arkansas Initiative Process and Legislative Referral Requirements Amendment is on the ballot in Arkansas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote supports the amendment to change requirements for citizen initiatives and legislative referrals.

A “no” vote opposes amendment to change requirements for citizen initiatives and legislative referrals, thereby leaving the initiative and referral process unchanged.

CaliforniaInitiatives

The California Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection Initiative is on the ballot in California as an initiated state statute on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote supports this initiative to add crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted; recategorize certain types of theft and fraud crimes as wobblers (chargeable as misdemeanors or felonies); and require DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.

A “no” vote opposes this initiative to add crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted; recategorize certain types of theft and fraud crimes as wobblers (chargeable as misdemeanors or felonies); and require DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.

The California Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative has qualified to appear on the ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to require commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, to be taxed based on their market value, rather than their purchase price.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thus continuing to tax commercial and industrial properties based on a property’s purchase price, with annual increases equal to the rate of inflation or 2 percent, whichever is lower.

The California Replace Cash Bail with Risk Assessments Referendum is on the ballot in California as a veto referendum on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote is to uphold the contested legislation, Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), which would replace cash bail with risk assessments for detained suspects awaiting trials.

A “no” vote is to repeal the contested legislation, Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), thus keeping in place the use of cash bail for detained suspects awaiting trials.

The California Local Rent Control Initiative has qualified for the ballot in California as an initiated state statute on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to allow local governments to enact rent control on housing that was first occupied over 15 years ago, with an exception for landlords who own no more than two homes with distinct titles or subdivided interests.

A “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative, thereby continuing to prohibit rent control on housing that was first occupied after February 1, 1995, and housing units with distinct titles, such as single-family homes.

​The California Property Tax Transfers and Exemptions Initiative has qualified for the ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 3, 2020.

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to:

  • allow eligible homeowners to transfer their tax assessments anywhere within the state, increase the number of times a tax assessment can be transferred from one to three, and allow tax assessments to be transferred to a more expensive home with an upward adjustment;
  • require that non-primary residential properties be reassessed at market value when transferred from parent to child or grandparent to grandchild;
  • and require that a legal entity’s property be reassessed to market value if 90 percent of a legal entity’s ownership changes, even if no one person or entity acquires more than 50 percent.

 

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, therefore continuing to:

  • allow eligible homeowners to transfer their tax assessments within counties, allow tax assessments to be transferred once during a person’s lifetime, and allow tax assessments to be transferred to a home of equal or lesser market value;
  • allow the tax assessments of non-primary residential properties to be transferred from parent to child or grandparent to grandchild;
  • and require that a legal entity’s property be reassessed to market value when any one person or entity acquires more than 50 percent of a legal entity’s ownership.

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