Referendum

Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23, 2015. Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote as crowds cheered in Dublin in a spectacular setback for the once all-powerful Catholic Church.  (PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Ireland Becomes Gay Wedding Destination Overnight After Voters Approve Same-Sex Marriage

As fast as Irish voters said ‘aye’ to same sex-marriage, Ireland opened its arms to same-sex couples looking for a welcome spot to get hitched.

05/26/2015

Plastic grocery bags are piled into a grocery cart. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Enough Signatures Gathered To Put Referendum On California’s Plastic-Bag Ban On 2016 Ballot

The secretary of state’s office says a referendum seeking to repeal California’s statewide ban on plastic bags has qualified for the November 2016 ballot.

02/24/2015

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

CA Plastic Bag Makers Want To Overturn Ban; Submit Signatures To Put Referendum On 2016 Ballot

If the referendum qualifies, the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will be suspended until voters weigh in.

12/30/2014

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Measure To Overturn California Transgender Students’ Rights Won’t Be On Ballot

The secretary of state announced Monday that backers of the proposed measure to put a referendum on November’s ballot to overturn a law allowing transgender students a choice on which restrooms and locker rooms to use, didn’t gain enough signatures.

02/24/2014

49ers new stadium

49ers Expect Santa Clara Stadium Groundbreaking Within 2 Months

Stadium opponents, meanwhile, have collected enough signatures for a referendum to block the Santa Clara construction deal, and have asked a judge to block it – pending another vote by residents.

03/02/2012

marijuana, pot, cannabis, medical

Referendum To Force San Jose To Rescind Strict Pot Measure

San Jose is expected to rescind an ordinance Tuesday that was passed last year regulating medical marijuana collectives. The city’s hand is being forced by a successful referendum.

02/14/2012

49ers new stadium

2nd Vote On 49ers Stadium Project Rejected By Santa Clara City Council

The Santa Clara City Council on Tuesday night rejected a petition to place the San Francisco 49ers stadium project before voters a second time.

01/25/2012

Jars full of medical marijuana at a dispensary. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SJ Mayor Reed Seeks Higher Tax On Pot Clubs To Pay For Special Election

San Jose’s mayor is calling for an increase in the city’s tax on medical marijuana dispensaries to fund a special election on the city’s pot regulations.

11/02/2011

A vial of medical marijuana

San Jose Pot Growers Fight For Referendum On Dispensary Closures

Medical marijuana collective owners in San Jose are pining their hopes on a referendum against a new city ordinance that requires 130 of 140 clubs in the city to close within 30 days.

09/28/2011