Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count up to 109, seven measures certified

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May 4, 2010

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By Bailey Ludlam

Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count shows no signs of slowing down. This week seven measures were certified for the ballot in five states; increasing the total nationwide count to 109 measures on statewide ballots.

All seven certified measures were referred by state legislatures and all proposed amending state constitutions. Arizona approved two measures: a measure to protect the right to hunt in Arizona and a measure that proposes changing the position of Secretary of State to Lieutenant Governor. The Florida Legislature approved a third redistricting proposal and an advisory question that asks whether Congress should add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.

Lastly, Georgia, Virginia and Kansas each approved one measure last week. The Trauma Care Funding Amendment asks Georgia voters to impose a $10 registration fee on motor vehicles to raise funds for the state's trauma care centers. In Virginia the Property Tax Exemption for Veterans asks voters whether veterans of the armed forces or their surviving spouses should receive a property tax exemption. The Kansas ballot will ask voters if the state should eliminate mental illness as a voting disqualification.

Petition drive deadlines in three states - Idaho, Missouri and Illinois - also passed this week. However, only Missouri had reported filings. The earnings tax initiative submitted more than 200,000 signatures; Missourians for the Protection of Dogs submitted an estimated 190,000 signatures; Show Me Better Courts filed 250,000; Vote Yes to Stop Double Taxation also filed signatures but declined to provide an estimate.

ELECTIONS TODAY:

ANALYSIS:
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 89 81.7%
Measures petitioned to the ballot 20 18.3%
Total 109 100%

See also

2010 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2010 Scorecard
AnalysisIssues on ballot