Below are the preliminary election results from Tuesday November 2 (Secretary of State will certify results in 30 days). As we mentioned in a previous post titled “California Propositions Information for November 2010,” these initiatives would have a direct or indirect affect on the victim advocacy community. Following the results, is a brief description of what will change throughout the state. Statewide elected and district specific results will be posted this afternoon.
Proposition 19: DEFEATED, Yes 45.9%, No 54.1%
Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed
Recreational use of marijuana will remain illegal and an infraction in California. Medicinal use is still allowed by law.

Proposition 20: PASSED, Yes 61.2%, No 38.8%
Redistricting of Congressional Districts
US Congressional District lines will be drawn by the independent State Commission on Redistricting created in 2008. State Assembly and Senate district lines will remain under the purview of the State Commission on Redistricting.
Proposition 25: PASSED, Yes 54.9%, No 45.1%
Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes
A state spending plan can now be approved by a legislative majority vote. Tax increases will still require a 2/3rds approval of the Legislature. Legislators will stop receiving pay for delayed budgets.
Proposition 26: PASSED, Yes 52.7%, No 47.3%
Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges. Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Local Levies and Charges with Limited Exceptions
Requires the Legislature to get two-thirds support for any new state mandated fees and charges and subsequent increases to those fees and charges.
Proposition 27: DEFEATED, Yes 40.6%, No 59.4%
Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives
State Commission on Redistricting will not be eliminated and will continue the process of redistricting throughout 2011.