History of California Initiatives

This study of initiatives by the Secretary of State's office offers a concise history of initiatives and the initiative process. The data contained here is arranged in several ways in order to accommodate various research perspectives and goals.

UC Law San Francisco Databases

UC Law San Francisco maintains a comprehensive, searchable database of information on California ballot initiatives and propositions from 1911 to the present. The UC Law SF site also offers PDF versions of ballot pamphlets from 1911 to the present.

County, City, School District & Ballot Measure Election Results

Following each local election cycle, the California Elections Data Archive (CEDA) collects and compiles results from city, county, school district, and local ballot measure elections.

Reports on County and Municipal Initiative Measures

County elections officials and municipal legislative bodies are required to file a report with the Secretary of State in each odd-numbered year that contains information regarding measures placed on the ballot by the citizen initiative process.