Proposition Summary

Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Establishes and apportions 40 senatorial districts. Provides for election of all Senators in 1962, one-half of Senators to be elected every two years thereafter, Requires Legislature in 1961 to fix boundaries of districts in counties having more than one district on basis of population, area, and economic affinity, which may be refixed following each decennial federal census. Permits Legislature following 1980 and each subsequent decennial federal census to reapportion senatorial districts on same basis; provided no county shall have more than 7 districts and 20 districts be appOl'ti01lPd to designated counties.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 1876185; A: 35.5; N: 3408090; B: 64.5

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

constitutional Initiative

For Author

Frank G. Bonelli, Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County; Mrs. Leiland Atherton Irish, Civic Leader; James L. Beebe, Chairman, State and Local Government Committee, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Against Author

J. F. Sullivan, Jr., Chairman Californians Against Proposition No. 15; George W. Milias, Immediate Past Chairman Republican State Central Committee; Joseph L. Wyatt, Jr., President California Democratic Council