Recall Wrinkle

by Steven F. Hayward

Under a provision of California election law, any initiative that has qualified for the ballot must be voted on at the next statewide election, even a special election. (This happened to Prop. 174, the school choice initiative that went down in flames in 1993.) Ward Connerly’s Racial Privacy Initiative (which would prohibit the state of California from collecting data on race) has qualified for the ballot, and was thought to be headed for a vote in the primary next March. But now it will be voted on in the recall election on October 7. So far this has received little discussion in the media or in political circles, but could emerge as a major factor in the recall.