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California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 23, 2012 AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 13)
Yea
June 27, 2012 AB 1499 Ballot Order for Statewide Measures Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 15)
Yea
Sept. 10, 2011 SB 202 Limiting Ballot Initiatives to the General Election Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Yea
July 14, 2011 AB 459 National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Yea
May 9, 2011 SB 168 Prohibits Paid Signature-Gatherers Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 25, 2010 SB 970 College Vote-by-Mail Drop-Off Locations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(23 - 11)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2008 AB 583 Public Financing of Elections Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 18)
Nay
Feb. 19, 2008 GN Borucki Confirmation of Joan Borucki as State Lottery Director Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(32 - 3)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2007 SB 113 Presidential Primaries Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 5)
Yea
May 30, 2006 AB 2948 Electoral College: Interstate Compact Bill Passed - House
(49 - 31)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2006 AB 583 California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(47 - 31)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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