The following was sent to Cal Catholic on Nov. 3 by one of our readers.

The total number of votes cast for the only two candidates for governor of California, Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari, allowed on the November 4, 2014 ballot will determine the number of voter signatures required to qualify initiatives, referendums, and recalls until the next gubernatorial election in November 2018.

Pro-family conservatives saw the referendum of the co-ed bathroom bill, AB 1266, fail to qualify as the signatures fell only a small percentage below the required number.

Several previous campaigns have failed to reach the signature threshold to qualify.

The number of signatures needed to qualify referendums and statutory initiatives is five percent of the number of votes cast for all candidates (now restricted to two) for governor at the last gubernatorial election.

Constitutional initiatives like 2008’s Proposition 4 (parental notification) and Proposition 8 (marriage) require eight percent, and state-wide recalls (like the recall of Gov. Gray Davis in 2003) require twelve percent.

The number of required signatures is high, because there was strong interest and voter participation in the governor’s race in 2010 with Gov. Jerry Brown (backed by the full force of the public employee unions), opposed by Republican eBay billionaire Meg Whitman who spent around $125 million of her own money.   In addition, hundreds of thousands of votes were cast for four minor party and eight write-in candidates.

In contrast, voter turn-out is expected to be low for this 2014 election.

Votes cast for either of the only two candidate for governor are likely to be even lower.

Gov. Brown is not even campaigning and Kashkari does not support the Republican Party platform, has little campaign funding, and is perceived as an almost certain loser.

Pro-life voters are repulsed by the pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood record of Jerry Brown and by pro-abortion Neel Kashkari.