Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count inches up to 171 certified measures (updated)

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August 31, 2010

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By Bailey Ludlam

Ballot activity hasn’t come to a halt just yet. One measure was certified this week bumping Ballotpedia’s Tuesday Count to 171 certified ballot questions in 36 states.

On average 220 ballot questions have appeared on statewide ballots in even-numbered years in the last decade. The drop in the number of certified measures in 2010 can be seen not only in the number of legislative referrals but also in the number of citizen initiatives.

This week a Colorado proposed health care amendment was given the green light to appear on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot. On July 30 proponents filed an estimated 130,500 signatures with the secretary of state's office. A minimum of 76,047 signatures were required to qualify for the 2010 ballot. On August 26 the secretary of state's office certified the measure after 99,592 signatures were verified.

The August 26 certification of Amendment 63 marks the fourth measure to appear on 2010 ballot related to the federal health reform. A similar measure appeared on the Missouri ballot as Proposition C where it was approved by voters by more than 70%. Other states with related measures on upcoming ballots include: Arizona and Oklahoma.

Last week, Alaskans cast their votes on two statewide questions – Measure 1 which called for mandating that no public organization or person who is employed by the state could receive, permit, require or facilitate the use of public resources for any political agenda such as campaigning, lobbying or other similar activities; and Measure 2 which forbids a minor from getting an abortion without a doctor informing at least one parent before moving forward with the procedure. With 369 of 438 precincts reporting as of 1:57 a.m. AKDT on August 25, Alaska's Ballot Measure 2 was approved by voters with 55.58% voting yes for the measure. Ballot Measure 1, was rejected by voters with only 37.5% voting yes.

Local ballot measure news:
Florida voters in at least 13 counties cast their ballots on August 24 on a variety of issues. All ballot questions were approved in Bay, Brevard, Highlands, Liberty, Martin, Monroe, Osceola, Sarasota, Seminole and Volusia counties. For full results check here!

Like state ballot measures, local elections are coming to an end, only two more local election dates remain on the calendar – September 14 and November 2. On September 14 local elections will take place in Michigan and Wisconsin. For more information on local ballot measure elections click here.

The chart below highlights the number of measures currently certified for the 2010 ballot and the way in which they were placed on the ballot - either by legislative referral or by citizen initiative.
NOTE: Measures referred to the ballot include referred statutes, amendments, referred advisories and automatic measures. Measures petitioned to the ballot include initiated amendments, state statutes and veto referenda.

Type of ballot measure How many on 2010 ballot? Percent of total
Measures referred to the ballot 124 72.5%
Measures petitioned to the ballot 47 27.5%
Total 171 100%

To view ballot measure changes as they happen make sure to check our Official Tuesday Count and our discussion page for retroactive changes.

Updated September 1, 2010: On Tuesday, August 31, the proposed Missouri Real Estate Taxation Amendment (2010) was referred to the statewide ballot following a ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson. According to reports, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan plans to appeal the late August decision. Previously, state officials declared that proponents had collected an insufficient number of valid signatures and failed to qualify.[1]

The Colorado Criminal Defendant Bail Bond Initiative is also scheduled to appear on the Colorado 2010 ballot, according to the secretary of state's office. The measure will appear as Proposition 102. It's certification marks the end of pending filed initiatives proposed for 2010.

The updated Tuesday count is 173 ballot measures on 36 statewide ballots.

See also

2010 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2010 Scorecard
AnalysisIssues on ballot