Article 5. Ballot Titles of California Elections Code >> Division 9. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 5.
After the Secretary of State determines that a measure will
appear on the ballot at the next statewide election, the Secretary of
State shall promptly transmit a copy of the measure to the Attorney
General. The Attorney General shall provide and return to the
Secretary of State a ballot title and summary and ballot label for
each measure submitted to the voters of the whole state by a date
sufficient to meet the ballot pamphlet public display deadlines.
(a) (1) The ballot title and summary may differ from the
legislative, circulating, or other title and summary of the measure
and shall not exceed 100 words, not including the fiscal impact
(2) The ballot title and summary shall include a summary of the
Legislative Analyst's estimate of the net state and local government
fiscal impact prepared pursuant to Section 9087 of this code and
Section 88003 of the Government Code.
(b) The ballot label shall not contain more than 75 words and
shall be a condensed version of the ballot title and summary
including the financial impact summary prepared pursuant to Section
9087 of this code and Section 88003 of the Government Code.
(c) In providing the ballot title and summary, the Attorney
General shall give a true and impartial statement of the purpose of
the measure in such language that the ballot title and summary shall
neither be an argument, nor be likely to create prejudice, for or
against the proposed measure.
(d) The Attorney General shall invite and consider public comment
in preparing each ballot title and summary.
Each measure shall be designated on the ballot by the ballot
label certified to the Secretary of State by the Attorney General.
(a) Whenever a city, county, or city and county is required
by Section 203 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10503) or Section 4(f)(4) (52 U.S.C.
Sec. 10303(f)(4)) of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 to provide
a translation of ballot materials in a language other than English,
the Secretary of State shall provide a translation of the ballot
title and summary prepared pursuant to Sections 9050 and 9051 and of
the ballot label prepared pursuant to Section 13247 in that language
to the city, county, or city and county for each state measure
submitted to the voters in a statewide election not later than 68
days before that election.
(b) When preparing a translation in a language other than English
pursuant to subdivision (a), the Secretary of State shall consult
with an advisory body consisting of language experts and nonpartisan
organizations that advocate on behalf of, or provide services to,
individuals that speak that language.
(c) All translations prepared pursuant to this section shall be
made available for public examination in the same time and manner as
the ballot pamphlet is made available for public examination in
accordance with Section 88006 of the Government Code and Section 9092
of this code.
(d) The local elections official shall use that translation of the
ballot label on the sample ballot and the official ballot and may
not select or contract with another person to provide translations of
the same text.