Sacramento: 1915. 62pp. Printed self-wrappers, stapled. Minor wear at corners. Light tanning and occasional faint foxing. Item #1753
Scarce and extensive informational pamphlet issued by the California Secretary of State regarding state constitutional amendments and referendum measures being put before voters in a special 1915 election. Two laws passed by the state legislature, which enacted the use of direct party primary elections to determine state and national candidates and the regularization of ballot appearance, were struck down by voters. Six state constitutional amendments, which addressed judicial term lengths, eminent domain, property taxes, and several other issues, were also put before the people in this special election. The present pamphlet prints the texts of these laws and amendments in full, and several examples of proposed ballots relating to the referendum measures are also illustrated. Most interestingly for a state government publication, generalized arguments for and against each measure are printed following the text of the laws and amendments themselves. We locate only four copies, at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Oregon, and Harvard.