Election 2016: Prop 53
Here's what you need to know to decide how to vote on California's Proposition 53.
ICYMI: the 2016 election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, with early voting kicking off at San Francisco’s City Hall on Tuesday, October 11.
In addition to voting for officials at the local, state, and national level, San Franciscans will face a decision on 17 state ballot initiatives and 25 local propositions.
Not sure how to vote on Proposition 53? We hope the brief voter guide below will help you decide!
What Is Prop 53?
Prop 53 would require voter approval on the issuance and sale of bonds in excess of $2 billion to fund a project that is financed or managed by the state.
Who Supports Prop 53?
Key supporters of Prop 53 include the California Republican Party.
Supporters argue that the proposition would ensure voters are able to hold politicians accountable and force legislators to accurately estimate the cost of state projects.
Proponents also contend that Prop 53 would not affect local projects, the University of California system, freeway construction, or response to natural disasters.
Who Opposes Prop 53?
Opponents argue that the proposition would require statewide approval for certain local projects and would have a negative impact on local control and community infrastructure improvements.
Opponents also contend that Prop 53 is lacking an exemption for natural disaster response and would have a negative impact on the state’s water supply and ability to prepare for drought.
Learn More about Prop 53
To learn more, read the full text of Proposition 53.