Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count is set and steady for November 2
By Bailey Ludlam
Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count is set for the November 2 elections next week. Despite some minor updates in the last couple of weeks and the conclusion of court challenges, the Tuesday Count remains unchanged. A grand total of 184 ballot questions have been certified for the 2010 election year. However, only 160 questions will appear on ballots in 37 states on November 2.
This last week, one of two remaining post-certification lawsuits was dismissed by the Arkansas Supreme Court thus securing Arkansas Interest Rate Limit, Issue 2's place on the ballot. Issue 2 would modify interest rates limits on loans to government entities, federally insured depository institutions and other lenders. The lawsuit, heard on October 21, 2010, argued that the measure violated the single-subject law and that the proposal combined three separate issues into one measure, sidestepping the limit on Legislature to refer only up to three measures in an election year. However, on October 22, 2010, The Arkansas Supreme Court threw out the lawsuit. Associate Justice Donald Corbin said, "Our review of Amendment 80 and this court's well-established precedent leads us to conclude that our jurisdiction to hear challenges to amendments referred by the Legislature remains appellate in nature."
Only one case remains pending but will reportedly be heard following the November 2, 2010 elections. Due to the late hearing the lawsuit may not necessarily remove the measure from the ballot but instead prevent cast votes from being counted. A total of 8 previously certified measures have either been removed or withdrawn from ballots this year.
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SPOTLIGHT: Five states seek to create state saving funds
5 political topics dominate the 2010 ballot, and 3 of the 5 most popular topics each relate to fiscal policy. The number of 2010 ballot measures relating to fiscal topics increased about 13% over the number of such measures on the 2008 ballot.
Budget shortfalls hit some states hard this year and left some legislators favoring the creation of what some call a "rainy day" fund or revenue stabilization fund that the state could draw from during times of low revenue. At least five states are asking voters this fall to redirect tax revenue to a separate state fund.
- In Hawaii - a measure calls for giving the legislature discretion to issue rebates and redirect funds to a reserve fund
- In North Dakota - Measure 1 would create a state legacy fund for the deposit of certain oil and gas tax revenues in the fund
- In Oklahoma - State Question 757 would ask voters whether or not to increase the amount of money that would go into the state's reservation funds
- In South Carolina -Amendment 3 would require the state to keep more in its rainy day fund and Amendment 4 would authorize that the Capital Reserve Fund be used to replenish the General Reserve Fund at the "applicable percentage"
- In Virginia - Question 3 would increase the permissible size of the Revenue Stabilization Fund from 10 percent to 15 percent of the Commonwealth's average annual tax revenues derived from income and retail sales taxes
|Regional Breakdown of 2010 ballot measures: Northeast|
REGIONAL BREAKDOWN: the Northeast
In the fourth part of Ballopedia's five part series of regional breakdowns, the Northeast region offers some controversial issues such as tax rollbacks, casino operation, and even changing the name of a state. Maine took first place for the most measures on the ballot, with a total of 8 proposals for voters to decide on. The state also had the biggest increase in ballot measures from 2008 to 2010, with 5 more measures on the ballot measures this year. Two states in the region, Vermont and Virginia, did not have any measures on the ballot in 2008, but do boast measures on the ballot this year. Included in this week's breakdown is a local measure in Maryland that is stirring up the political atmosphere in that state. The states that Ballotpedia has included in the Northeast region are: Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
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