November 2020 ballot results


Samantha Parr

A local voter places their ballot in a nearby ballot box.

With 5 local measures and 12 state propositions, this year’s voters had packed ballots. The presidential election this year is particularly controversial, and the federal response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to question the current leadership.. After counting in-person and mail-in ballots, the votes are final. 

Measure L passed at 83.6% voting yes, and will renew the parcel tax for the Shoreline Unified School District (SUSD) for the next eight years. 

Measure M passed at 73.6% voting yes, which ensures that the Tamalpais Union High School District has an adequate budget. Measure M passing prevented the district from having to cut $1.1 million from its budget. It will keep the quality of the TUHSD education at its current high standard

Measure P passed at 72.7% voting yes and guarantees the Sausalito School District (SMCSD) the authority to get the money needed to do projects to improve their school(s). This will include replacing and installing infrastructure, repairing outdated classrooms, and constructing new facilities.

Measure Q  passed at 77% voting yes and continues funding of resources for the City of Novato. This includes COVID-19 recovery, neighborhood police, street repairs and more. In order to get that, the city will raise its transient occupancy tax by 2%.

Measure R passed at 62.1% voting yes. Measure R will provide the City of San Rafael with preservation of their essential city services. It will ensure that the City of Sacramento cannot take those funds. 

Proposition 14 passed at 51% voting yes and will issue $5.5 billion in bonds to fund stem cell research in the state. This will make changes to the institute’s governance structure and programs. 

Proposition 15 did not pass at 51.7% voting no. There will be no change in the taxes of commercial and industrial properties based on dedicated revenue (dedicating a part of tax revenue to a particular expense category) and market value. 

Proposition 16 did not pass at 56% voting no and would’ve repealed a proposition from 1996 (Prop 209), which states that discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, color, or ethnicity is not allowed in education, public employment, or contracting.

Proposition 17 passed at 59% voting yes and gives convicted felons on parole the right to vote. Currently, the California Constitution does not allow felons on parole to vote, but this proposition overturns the amendment.

Proposition 18 did not pass at 55.1% voting no. Prop 18 would’ve allowed 17-year-olds to vote as long as they turn 18 before the next general election, giving them the right to vote in primary and special elections.

Proposition 19 passed at 51.5% voting yes and will change the California Constitution so that eligible homeowners can transfer their tax assessments to anywhere in the state, and will allow homeowners to transfer their tax assessments to a more expensive property. Prop 19 also increases the amount of times a person over the age of 55 who has severe disabilities can transfer their tax assessments from one to three, requires that inherited properties used for purposes like second homes or rentals get reevaluated at market value when they get transferred, and puts the revenue from these ballot measures toward wildfire agencies and counties.

Proposition 20 did not pass at 62.3% voting no and would have added to the list of violent felonies with restricted early parole. It also would have recategorized types of theft and fraud crimes, as well as required DNA collection for certain misconducts.

Proposition 21 did not pass at 59.8% voting no and is an initiative that would’ve allowed for housing control by local governments. Prop 21 did not pass, so housing that was first occupied 15 years ago is not subject to rent control by local governments.

Proposition 22 passed at 58.4% voting yes. App-based rideshare and delivery drivers are now independently contracted, and can now adopt labor and wage policies specific to the rideshare industry. 

Proposition 23 did not pass at 64% voting no. Prop 23 requires dialysis clinics to maintain certain standards and safety measures for their patients, including having an on-site physician during all treatments, daily reports on dialysis related infections, and more. These standards could have caused the cost of dialysis treatment to increase substantially, but because it didn’t pass, dialysis patients will not have to pay more for their treatment, keeping those who rely on healthcare in treatment.

Proposition 24 passed at 56% voting yes. It will expand the state’s consumer data privacy laws. Prop 24 allows consumers to protect their personal data by allowing them to tell a business not to share their personal information, and also funds the creation of the Privacy Protection Agency to enforce privacy laws and other privacy precautions.

Proposition 25 did not pass at 55.4% voting no. So, the repeal of Senate Bill 10 will go into effect. Senate Bill 10 would’ve replaced cash bail for detained suspects awaiting trial with risk assessments.