Ballot Simplification Committee Information – November 6, 2018 Consolidated General Election

Ballot Simplification Committee meeting in a City Hall chamber


Ballot Simplification Committee meetings for the November 6, 2018, Consolidated General Election are scheduled to begin Monday, July 30, 2018.

The Committee must complete its work no later than 85 days before the election, which is Monday, August 13, 2018.

For any correspondence with the Ballot Simplification Committee members, contact Barbara Carr at (415) 554-4375 or by e-mail at

Meeting Notices and Agendas

Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to each meeting, as mandated by the Sunshine Ordinance. Other meeting materials are made available as early as possible. All materials are posted in reverse chronological order (most recent on top).

BSC Meeting Agenda, July 30-August 3 (PDF)

Notice of Ballot Simplification Committee Meetings (PDF)

Information About Local Ballot Measures

Seawall Earthquake Safety Bond

Partial Allocation of Hotel Tax for Arts and Cultural Purposes

Additional Business Taxes to Fund Homeless Services

City Privacy Policy

Additional Tax on Cannabis Businesses; Expanding the Businesses Subject to Business Taxes

When Information Becomes Available

Information about each measure will be posted before the meeting scheduled to draft the digest for that measure. Any materials that result from a meeting will be posted as soon as possible after the meeting. Timing varies depending on when the materials are available to the Department of Elections.

Information posted before a meeting

At minimum, the information will include:

  • Legal text of the proposed ballot measure
  • Draft digest provided by the City Attorney’s office, which serves as a starting point for the Committee’s work during the meeting.

Other information will be posted as available, such as:

  • Legislative digests for measures submitted by the Board of Supervisors
  • The City Attorney’s title and summary for initiative measures
  • Department analyses of proposed initiative measures required under San Francisco Municipal Elections Code Sec. 350
  • Correspondence directed to the Committee related to the digest of the measure

Information posted after a meeting

Information will be posted as available, such as:

  • Approved digest, with the deadline for Requests for Reconsideration
  • Correspondence shared with the Committee during the meeting related to the digest of the measure
  • Requests for reconsideration of an approved digest
  • Final digest that will be published in the Voter Information Pamphlet

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