Currently, a maximum of two arguments regarding a given City ballot measure will be printed in the sample ballot: one argument for, and one argument against. If more than one argument is submitted for or against any one measure, the City Clerk selects the argument to be printed in the sample ballot for distribution to the voters, using the following hierarchy of submitters prescribed by the San Diego Municipal Code:
a. The City Council, or member or members of the Council, including the Mayor, authorized by the Council.
b. The individual voter or bona fide association of citizens, or combination of voters and associations, who are the bona fide sponsors or proponents of the measure.
c. Bona fide associations of citizens*.
d. Individual voters who are eligible to vote on the measure.
We encourage you to work with other groups who may also wish to submit an argument regarding the measure you are supporting or opposing.
*To enable the Clerk to determine whether an entity qualifies as a bona fide association of citizens under sections 27.0508 and 27.0512, an organization or association submitting an argument for or against a measure shall submit with the argument a copy of one of the following:
(1) Its articles of incorporation, articles of association, partnership documents, bylaws, or similar documents;
(2) Letterhead containing the name of the organization and its principal officers; or
(3) If the organization or association is a primarily formed committee established to support or oppose the measure, its statement of organization filed pursuant to California Government Code section 84101, or any subsequent amendment to that section.
(c) In selecting an argument from among bona fide associations of citizens, the Clerk shall not consider the type of documentation submitted in compliance with section 27.0512(b), and shall not consider the form of the association.