Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count is unshaken at 167 certified measures

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August 10, 2010

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By Bailey Ludlam

Voter pamphlets and general election ballots are being finalized in several states across the country as the November 2 vote approaches. According to Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count about 167 measures have been certified for the ballot in a total of 36 states. Only one petition drive deadline remains for this election season - Oklahoma - and according to election officials no initiatives are currently circulating.

Although most deadlines have come to an end, expect some changes in the upcoming weeks. The Alabama Constitutional Amendment Committee is expected to convene this week to sort the measures that will appear on the November 2 statewide and local ballots. Numerous measures (view here) have been proposed, some of which will appear only on local ballots. Those local measures, however, have not yet been identified. Therefore, our current number of three certified measures for the southern state is very likely to change. According to the Alabama Secretary of State's office in order to pass local county laws, an amendment to the state constitution is needed. Alabama mandates that county governments seek legislative approval or legislatively-referred constitutional amendment ballot measures for approval of laws.

In North Dakota the petition drive deadline officially closed for proposed initiatives for the 2010 election year. Of the ten circulating citizen-proposed measures, only two filed signatures in time to meet the August 4 deadline. Both of the filed initiatives – a measure proposing to ban fenced hunting and a proposal to allow chain-store ownership of pharmacies - were proposed initiated state statutes thus requiring a minimum of 12,844 valid signatures. However, shortly after filing signatures, the secretary of state's office stated that the proposed pharmacy initiative may not qualify for the ballot after all. After reviewing the petitions, it was determined that the initiative had exceeded the signature requirement by 91 signatures, but supporters failed to submit a list of sponsoring committee members with the petition sheets. The committee list, according to officials, would withhold the measure from the ballot.

Following July’s trend, another legislatively-referred measure was removed from the ballot this week; this time, in California. The California State Legislature voted on August 9 to remove California Water Bond, Proposition 18 from the statewide ballot. The effort to postpone the water bond from 2010 to 2012 began on June 29, 2010, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he was going to ask the legislature to yank Proposition 18 from the November ballot. He needed a 2/3rds vote in the legislature to accomplish that objective. Schwarzenegger said he did not think Proposition 18 could win in 2010, which is why he wanted it off the ballot, with the objective of trying again in a different election season.

Contrary to Schwarzenegger’s call for removing a measure from the ballot, Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer recently called the legislature back into session to review a once certified measure. The measure in question, Proposition 108, proposed asking voters to extend the right of Arizonans to use a secret ballot in union organizing votes and in public votes. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Oberbillig ruled earlier this year that the measure violated the single-subject rule. Legislators plan to revise the measure and vote again to refer the measure to the ballot. According to state officials, the measure may have the necessary votes.

Just prior to the November vote, however, two more elections are scheduled for the month of August. Upcoming, Alaska voters will have a say on two measures – the Alaska Anti Corruption Act, Ballot Measure 1 and the Alaska Parental Notification Initiative, Ballot Measure 2.

Last week, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved Missouri Healthcare Freedom, Proposition C by more than 70%. The vote represented the first time that voters anywhere in the country had a chance to officially register their views on parts of the federal government’s 2010 health care reform.


See also

2010 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2010 Scorecard
AnalysisIssues on ballot