Prop 20 Fails: Voters Reject Effort To Roll Back Criminal Justice Reforms

Updated Nov 10, 2020 6:13 PM |
Published Nov 3, 2020

California voters have rejected Proposition 20, which sought to roll back criminal justice reforms of recent years, according to the Associated Press.

Votes %
Yes 5,724,177 37.9%
No 9,382,173 62.1%

* These results will be continually updated. Last updated on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:13 p.m.


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WHAT PROP 20 WOULD HAVE DONE

Proposition 20 would have reversed parts of the landmark Proposition 47 (passed by voters in 2014) by giving prosecutors the ability to once again charge low-level crimes as felonies, in particular those involving petty theft. It would have created two new crimes, including one called organized retail crime aimed at repeat shoplifters.

Prop 20 would have partially reversed Proposition 57 (passed by voters in 2016) by making it harder for inmates to make parole. And it would have required people convicted of certain misdemeanors -- including shoplifting, check fraud and simple drug possession -- to place their DNA in the state database.

Supporters argued Prop 47 led to an increase in crime; they pointed to one study that found a 9% increase in larceny, mostly auto break-ins and shoplifting, in the two years after Prop 47 passed. But opponents pointed to another study that found no connection between any uptick in crime and Prop 47. Despite some increases in 2020, overall crime remains at historic lows in California and in Los Angeles.

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FISCAL ANALYSIS

Passage of Prop 20 would likely have led to increased state and local correctional, court and law enforcement costs in the tens of millions of dollars annually, according to the state Legislative Analyst's Office.

WHO SUPPORTED IT

The key supporters included the unions that represent rank and file LAPD officers, L.A. Sheriff's deputies and California prison guards, as well as the state Republican Party.

WHO OPPOSED IT

Opponents included the California Democratic Party, the ACLU and Crime Victims for Safety and Justice.

YOUR BALLOT

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If your mail-in ballot is rejected for any reason (like a missing or mismatched signature), your county registrar must contact you to give you a chance to fix it. In Los Angeles County, the registrar will send you a notification by mail and you have until Nov. 28 to reply and "cure" your ballot.

A Note On The Results

HOW WE ARE COVERING THIS ELECTION

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