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Why it just got a lot harder to get a proposition on California's ballot

During election season mailboxes overflow with political advertisements like these, many of them bankrolled by special interests. California’s initiative process has come to be dominated by big spending on marketing and signature-gathering.
Adriene Hill/California Dream
California's costly ballot measure process just got more expensive with a steep increase in the signatures required to qualify for the ballot.

Hundreds of thousands of additional signatures are now required for a proposition to make the California ballot — making it harder and more expensive to place a measure directly before voters.


State law ties the signatures needed to the number of votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election. And this year, turnout was strong.

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