January 24, 2014
Contact: Nicole Winger
SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen today assigned proposition numbers to the two legislative measures set to appear on the June 3 Statewide Direct Primary Election ballot and invited interested Californians to submit arguments to be considered for inclusion in the Secretary’s Official Voter Information Guide. The guide, also known as the ballot pamphlet, is mailed to every voting household in California and posted on the Secretary of State's website. The full text and nonpartisan analysis of each proposition will also appear in the Official Voter Information Guide.
The propositions are listed below, along with the Legislative Counsel's digest.
People may submit arguments for or against any measure. Arguments selected for the Official Voter Information Guide will be on public display between February 18 and March 10. If multiple arguments are submitted for one proposition, state law gives first priority to arguments written by legislators in the case of legislative measures; subsequent priority goes to bona fide citizen associations and then to individuals. No more than three signers are allowed to appear on an argument or rebuttal to an argument.
Ballot arguments cannot exceed 500 words and rebuttals to ballot arguments cannot exceed 250 words. All submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Arguments may be hand-delivered to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 1500 11th Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, California 95814; faxed to (916) 653-3214; or emailed to VIGarguments@sos.ca.gov. If faxed or emailed, the original documents must be received within 72 hours. The deadline to submit ballot arguments is February 4 by 5:00 p.m. The deadline to submit rebuttals to the ballot arguments is February 13 by 5:00 p.m.
Secretary Bowen also invited candidate statements for inclusion in the Official Voter Information Guide. Candidates for statewide constitutional office (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Controller, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Board of Equalization member) who have agreed to accept the voluntary campaign spending limits under the law may buy space for statements of up to 250 words at 25 dollars per word. United States Senate candidates may buy space for a 250-word candidate statement in the voter guide and are not subject to campaign expenditure limitations. The deadline to submit candidate statements to the Secretary of State’s office is February 12 by 5:00 p.m.
For more information on ballot measures, candidate filing requirements and election dates, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/statewide-elections/2014-primary.
To view past state voter guides, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/voter-information-guides.htm.
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