Ballotpedia's 2014 ballot measure coverage plan

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Welcome to Ballotpedia! On this page you'll find everything you need to know about Ballotpedia's ballot measure election coverage for 2014. This includes state and local ballot measures, as well as recall efforts. Additionally, below you'll find a preliminary list of unique election reports to expect for the year.

If you have any questions about election coverage on any of the projects please contact Brittany Clingen.

For an index of all State Ballot Measure related Ballotpedia reports, click here. For Local Ballot Measures, click here.

Tuesday Count and 2014 Scorecard

Potential measuresFiled Initiatives

Election Dates
May 6June 3June 10July 15August 5August 19November 4

Ballot Measures by State
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Ballot Measures by Topic

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Our coverage

For the sixth consecutive year, Ballotpedia will cover all statewide ballot measures across the country, and local measures for various states.

If you are interested in volunteering to expand our local ballot measure coverage, we'd love to have you! Click here for more information.

In addition to election coverage, we are always working to build our database of historical statewide measures, as well as recall efforts. To read more about those projects click here for state measures and here to read about recall efforts.

Statewide ballot measures

Historically, elections on odd-numbered years see about forty-five measures on average; there were 31 in 2013. However, elections that take place during even-numbered years typically have significantly more measures on statewide ballots.

Throughout the year, Ballotpedia staff tracks all proposals, including legislative referrals and those made via the initiative & referendum process. This includes tracking filed initiatives, providing updates following petition drive deadlines, maintaining an up-to-date list of potential measures in each state and keeping track of measures that did not qualify for the ballot.

Every Tuesday, Ballotpedia publishes a report called The Tuesday Count that provides the latest in ballot measure (state and local), recall, lawsuit and ballot measure legislation news. That report highlights the current certification number for the year. On Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count for 2014 you can find a weekly breakdown of when statewide certifications occurred.

To view a more detailed picture of currently certified state ballot measures, take a look at the Ballot Measure Scorecard. This page highlights when certified measures will appear on the ballot as well as the type of measure.

Throughout the year, we'll be covering efforts to support and oppose ballot measure campaigns, including campaign ads, campaign finance totals, controversies and much more.

For questions about statewide coverage contact Brittany Clingen.

Ballot measure law

In addition to covering campaign details for all certified measures, Ballotpedia staff tracks lawsuits filed against certified measures and proposals. You can find a list of such lawsuits for 2014 here.

Just as in 2013, we will continue monthly tracking of proposed changes to ballot measure law (the Ballot Law Update). These proposals can, for example, amend the constitution to permit initiatives or raise the number of signatures required to get a measure on the ballot.

For questions about ballot law contact Brittany Clingen.

Local ballot measures

Ballotpedia tracks multiple states at the local level, based on the availability of comprehensive online election information and the high-profile nature of certain measures.

Every year, Ballotpedia keeps track of all locally held ballot measure elections in California, as well as notable elections in other states. You can find the list for 2014 here. That page provides a big picture overview of all of the local elections covered by Ballotpedia and summarizes election results.

For a look at all past election dates, news, county lists and links to local laws, visit the local state pages.

For questions about local coverage contact Josh Altic.


For 2014, much like our state and local ballot measure coverage, we are covering scheduled recalls as well as proposed efforts. You can find a list of upcoming recalls here.

For a historical look by state and year, take a look here and here, respectively.

For up-to-date recall news either regularly visit the Recall portal or sign up to receive the weekly Tuesday Count.

General election

Leading up to the November 4, 2014, general election, Ballotpedia ballot measure coverage included a series of reports and analyses that provided readers with a preview of what was to appear on ballots across the United States. (See below for more details).

On the night of November 4, coverage for state and local ballot measures as well as recalls included:

2014 General election coverage included:

  • state and local ballot measures
  • statewide recalls
  • Congress
  • state legislatures
  • state executive officials

Original analysis

Ballotpedia:WikiProject Original Content

A variety of election-related reports are produced throughout the year for state and local ballot measures, ballot law and recall. Some of those reports include:

For all your 2014 election information (including state resources such as voter guides and state blue books) check the Election portal.
Election Dates
2014 statewide ballot measuresLocal ballot measure elections in 2014

Petition drive deadlines

The information below includes the filing deadlines and signature requirements for state ballot measures.

State Filing deadline for 2014 ballot Signatures for amendment Signatures for initiative Signatures for referendum
Alaska Red padlock.png July 20, 2014 for 2014 referendums. Initiative signatures must be submitted 365 days after the Division of Elections prepares petition forms or by Red padlock.png January 14, 2014, whichever comes first.[2] N/A 30,169 30,169
Arizona Red padlock.png July 3, 2014[3] 259,213 172,809 86,405
Arkansas Red padlock.png July 7, 2014[4] 78,133 62,507 46,880
California Red padlock.png See suggested deadlines[5] 807,615 504,760 504,760
Colorado Red padlock.png August 4, 2014[6] 86,105 86,105 86,105
Florida Red padlock.png February 1, 2014[7] 683,149 68,314 N/A
Idaho Red padlock.png May 1, 2014[8] N/A 53,751 53,751
Illinois Red padlock.png May 5, 2014.[9] For referendums, petitions must be filed no less than 92 days prior to the November 4 general election. 298,400 298,400 298,400
Maine Red padlock.png February 3, 2014[10] N/A 57,277 N/A
Maryland Red padlock.png May 31, 2014[11] N/A N/A 55,736
Massachusetts Red padlock.png December 4, 2013[12][13] 68,911 68,911 45,941
Michigan Red padlock.png May 28, 2014 for initiatives. Red padlock.png July 7 for constitutional amendments. 90 days following the final adjournment of the legislature for referendum.[14] 322,609 258,088 161,305
Mississippi Red padlock.png For all initiatives, petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State not less than ninety (90) days before the first day of the regular session of the legislature at which they are to be submitted.[15] 107,216 107,216 107,216
Missouri Red padlock.png May 4, 2014[16] 157,788 98,618 98,618
Montana Red padlock.png June 20, 2014[17] 48,349 24,174 24,174
Nebraska Red padlock.png July 4, 2014[18][19] 114,074 79,852 57,037
Nevada Red padlock.png July 17, 2014[20] 101,667 101,667 101,667
North Dakota Red padlock.png August 6, 2014[21] 26,904 13,452 13,452
Ohio Red padlock.png July 2, 2014[22] 385,207 115,574[23] 231,148
Oklahoma Red padlock.pngInitiatives have 90 days to submit signatures. No additional signatures are accepted after 5:00 p.m. on the 90th day or after.[24] 155,216 82,782 51,739
Oregon Red padlock.png July 3, 2014 for initiatives and constitutional amendments.[25] For referendums, signatures must be submitted no later than 90 days after the final adjournment of the legislature. 116,284 87,213 58,142
South Dakota Red padlock.png November 4, 2013[26][27] 31,708 15,854 15,854
Utah Red padlock.png April 15, 2014[28] N/A 101,744 101,744
Washington Red padlock.png January 3, 2014 is the deadline for Initiatives to the Legislature. Red padlock.png July 3 is the deadline for Initiatives to the People. Red padlock.png July 11 is the deadline for referendums.[29] N/A 246,372 123,186
Wyoming Red padlock.png February 10, 2014[30] N/A 37,606 37,606


  1. Due to the large number of local measures generally scheduled to appear on ballots on the night of the General election, only 15 will be selected. ALL local measure results will be available in the days following the General election.
  2. Alaska State Legislature website, accessed April 8, 2014
  3. Arizona Secretary of State "2014 Election Important Dates," accessed November 19, 2013
  4. Arkansas Secretary of State "Initiative and Referenda Handbook," accessed November 19, 2013
  5. California Secretary of State "How to Qualify an Initiative," accessed November 19, 2013
  6. CO Secretary of State, "2014 Initiative Calendar," accessed November 19, 2013
  7. Florida Secretary of State "2013-2014 Dates to Remember," accessed November 19, 2013
  8. Idaho Secretary of State "2014 IDAHO PRIMARY and GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR," accessed April 28, 2014
  9. Chicago Board of Elections "2014 Election Calendar," accessed December 12, 2013
  10. Maine Secretary of State "2014 Election Calendar," accessed November 19, 2013
  11. Maryland Secretary of State "2014 Election Calendar," accessed November 19, 2013
  12. December 4 is the filing deadline for initiatives and constitutional amendments so that the measures will be placed before the legislature. For referendums, filing petition must be submitted to the Secretary within 90 days of the Governor signing the law.
  13. MA Secretary of State "State Ballot Questions 2014," accessed November 19, 2013
  14. MI Secretary of State "Initiative and Referendum Petitions," accessed December 3, 2013
  15. Mississippi Secretary of State "2014 Initiative Guide," accessed November 19, 2013
  16. MO Secretary of State "Missouri Initiative Process," accessed November 19, 2013
  17. MT Secretary of State "2014 Ballot Issues," accessed November 19, 2013
  18. July 4 is for initiatives. For referendum, less than 90 days after the final adjournment of the state legislative session at which the bill was passed.
  19. Nebraska Secretary of State "Initiative and Referendum Guide," accessed November 19, 2013
  20. NV Secretary of State "2014 Dates," accessed November 19, 2013
  21. ND Secretary of State "Ballot Measures," accessed November 19, 2013
  22. OH Secretary of State "Election 2014 Calendar," accessed November 19, 2013
  23. Ohio uses both direct and indirect initiated statutes. For the Legislature to consider an indirect statute, 115,574 signatures are needed, which equals three percent of the total number of ballots cast in the 2010 Governor's election. If the Legislature fails to qualify the statute, a sponsor must collect an additional 115,574 signatures.
  24. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "Filing of Signatures (34 O.S., Sections 4 & 8)," accessed August 27, 2014
  25. OR Secretary of State "Election Calendar 2014," accessed December 3, 2013
  26. November 4 was the deadline for initiatives. For referendum, petitions must be filed no later than 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature that passed the law.
  27. SD Secretary of State "Filing Deadlines," accessed November 19, 2013
  28. UT Lieutenant Governor's Office "Initiative Dates," accessed November 19, 2013
  29. WA Secretary of State "Elections Calendar," accessed November 19, 2013
  30. February 10 is the deadline for initiatives. For referendums, petitions must be filed no later than 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature.