Resolving the Ruckus

Proposition 71

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Ballot measures: effective date

initiative constitutional amendment


Official Summary

Provides that ballot measures approved by a majority of voters shall take effect five days after the Secretary of State certifies the results of the election. Fiscal Impact: Likely little or no effect on state and local finances.


Bottom line: changes effective date from the day after the election to the 5th day after the state certifies the election (currently max 38 days).

  • Also corrects some grammar!

  • Ballot measures can always specify the date they take effect, even if it is retroactive. This is currently the case, too.