There were 12 California propositions on the ballot for Turlock and residents throughout the state to decide on Tuesday, with less than half on track to pass as of Friday night’s most recent results.
As of Friday, only three California ballot measures had been called by the Associated Press as passing: Proposition 17 (Restore Former Felon Vote), Proposition 22 (App-Based Drivers as Contractors, Not Employees) and Proposition 24 (Expand Consumer Privacy). Six measures were called by AP as not passing: Proposition 16 (End Diversity Ban), Proposition 18 (Allow Age 17 Primary Voters), Proposition 20 (Stricter Parole, Sentencing), Proposition 21 (Local Government Rent Control), Proposition 23 (Dialysis Clinic Standards) and Proposition 25 (Approve Replacing Cash Bail).
Proposition 15 (Change Commercial Property Tax) was on track to fail on Friday with 51.8% of Californians voting “no,” and the two remaining propositions, Proposition 14 (Medical Research Bonds) and Proposition 19 (Change Property Tax Rules) were both headed toward approval with 51% and 51.4% voting “yes,” respectively.
The ballot measure that created the most buzz over the summer was Proposition 22, which passed with 58.4% of the vote and exempts companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash from classifying app-based transportation drivers as employees. They can remain contractors, albeit with some pay guarantees and health benefits. The proposition exempts them from Assembly Bill 5, a California law which reclassified many contractors as employees and gave them benefits like sick leave and overtime pay.
The bill was viewed by some as a threat to the future of the “gig economy,” and app-based companies spent $200 million to advocate for the passage of Proposition 22. These companies warned of longer wait times for deliveries and rides should the ballot measure fail, but labor unions that raised $20 million to advocate against the proposition argued if it passed, drivers would be treated as “second class” employees without proper pay and protection.
“California voters have spoken, and they stood with more than a million drivers who clearly said they want independence plus benefits,” Lyft Chief Policy Officer and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in a prepared statement.
“Prop 22 is now the first law in the nation requiring health, disability and earnings benefits for gig workers. Lyft stands ready to work with all interested parties, including drivers, labor unions and policymakers, to build a stronger safety net for gig workers in the U.S.,” Foxx added.
Proposition 17 also passed with 59% voter approval, and restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole. Previously, the California Constitution prohibited people with felonies from voting until their imprisonment and parole are completed. Under Proposition 17, imprisonment is still a disqualification for voting. There are 19 other states that allow former felons on parole to vote.
The third ballot measure so far to be called as passing is Proposition 24, which saw 56% of voters approve expansion of the California Consumer Privacy Act. It also creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA.
This expansion of the CCPA includes provisions to allow consumers to direct businesses not to share their personal information and removes the time period in which businesses can fix violations before being penalized.
Voters rejected the proposition that would allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections, with 55.2% of voters saying “no” to amending the California Constitution.
"Young people whose birthdays fall between the primary and general election are currently at a disadvantage to those who are permitted to vote in the primaries. Without full exposure to the election process they are unable to submit their most educated vote in the general election,” the California Association of Student Councils said in favor of the proposition. “Assembly Constitutional Amendment four would ensure that a greater number of citizens voting in the general election have the resources and experience they need to provide the vote that best matches their own values."
Those in opposition to the ballot measure, like Election Integrity Project California, argued that as legal minors, 17-year-olds should not be allowed to vote.
According to the California Secretary of State’s office, there were still nearly 3.9 million ballots to vote statewide following Tuesday night’s initial results. To view the full list of California ballot measures and the results of each so far, visit https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/ballot-measures