OhLook wrote in post #18168527
The votes on issues are binding, except that in some cases the result of a vote has been challenged in court and found unconstitutional. Legal action can invalidate a previous vote. In recent years, majorities of some states' voters declared marriage to be defined as between a man and a woman. The (federal) Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex marriage overruled those votes.
Most state propositions are proposals for initiative statutes or constitutional amendments. This year, all but two are. One is a referendum (binding) and one is a "legislative advisory question" (unusual, and not binding). Initiatives originate with citizens; referenda come from the state legislature when it asks the people whether we want X, yes or no. "Citizen" in this context doesn't necessarily mean an individual. Initiatives can be sponsored by a business, a trade association, a teachers' organization, and so forth.
There are no nationwide propositions. The California ballot has only this state's propositions. If the next election includes any measures to vote on, the first one will be #68.
Propositions can also be local (city or county). We vote on bond issues and some taxes. We're told what the revenue from a proposed bond is for and the expected cost of paying it off over a fixed number of years. There are also nonfiscal measures, such as amending the city charter if one's city is chartered rather than incorporated; California has two kinds of cities.
Thanks for the explanation. That cleared up things a lot.
I gather that you vote only on people, not on questions?
Yes, we vote on people only, although the EU made referenda possible and we have had one or two over the last decade or so. All it takes is 300,000 signatures (I think it is) and the government has to give us a referendum. The Dutch government isn't very happy with referenda though, as we have voted against what they want and have made life more difficult for them in Brussels. However, in the end the people's vote makes very little difference. They just word something different, add a few footnotes here and there, whatever, and they go ahead anyway. We are not citizens any more, we have all become consumers. Democracy is dead in Europe.
OhLook wrote in post #18168859
A postscript about one of the ballot measures. California voters are considering legalization of marijuana for nonmedical use.
The subject of this photo contains some numbers, and it's all about numbers of dollars. That's not my main reason for posting it.
If you thought Soylent Green was bad . . . !
I'm strongly in favour of making all drugs legal, just sell them at pharmacies, at cost price, add some tax. Making them illegal makes organised crime thrive. The USA should know this better than any other country after their prohibition experiment in the 1920s/30s failed. To me it makes no sense at all to single out drugs but allow alcohol and tobacco. It's totally arbitrary to fight drugs, costs tons of money that could be better spent elsewhere and for what: to fight a fight that cannot ever be won. It just doesn't make sense.
Loved Soylent Green though.