Proposition Summary

Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Declares existence, purposes, and objectives of world communist movement. Defines communist and subversive organizations and denies them political party status and any tax exemption. Prohibits members of such organizations or advocates of subversive doctrines from holding public office or employment with State or any public agency, or from receiving any tax exemption. Requires teachers and other employees of public educational institutions to answer congressional and legislative committee inquiries concerning communist affiliation and subversion. Imposes conditions on use of public buildings and property.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 1978520; A: 40.3; N: 2928350; B: 59.7

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative constitutional

For Author

Louis Francis, Member of California Legislature, 25th Assembly District, San Mateo County; Judge Byron J. Walters, Los Angeles County; Malcolm Champlin, Past State Commander, American Legion, California Department, and Ex - F.B.I. Agent

Against Author

Joseph A. Ball, Lawyer; John Anson Ford, Chairman, California Fair Employment Practices Commission, and former Chairman of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; (Rt. Rev.) James A. Pike, J.S.D., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California