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  • What happened on November 8?
    • Approval rating and margins
    • Quick statistics and notable election night developments
    • Comparison to 2009 results
  • 2011 summary
    • Election results breakdown
    • Election analysis
    • Campaign contributions
  • A look at 2012
    • 2011 impact on 2012
    • 2012 issues on the ballot

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For full details on the percentage of voters in support or opposition, see 2011 ballot measure election results.

November 8 election summary (real-time; subject to change)
State Approved Defeated Unresolved
Arkansas
None
None
Maine
None
Mississippi
None
New Jersey
None
None
Ohio
None
Texas
None
Washington
None

On the ballot

  • 9 citizen initiatives
  • 16 legislative referrals
  • 2 veto referendums

Quick facts

Note: Results are still not official. The following is information from preliminary results.

The stats

The table below highlights the approval rating of all the measures that appeared on November 8 ballots as they stand today.

  • Approval rating in 2009 is estimated at 81%
November 8 election stats
Total Approved (%) Defeated (%)
27 18 (67%) 9 (33%)

References

Statistical summary

The charts below includes all election results including November 8. Some of the measures included are currently considered very close and may change results subject to official election counts.

2011 election stats
Total Approved (%) Defeated (%)
34 22 (65%) 12 (35%)

Initiated measures

Type of ballot measure How many on ballot? How many won? How many lost?
initiated state statute 6 2 4
initiated constitutional amendment 4 3 1
Veto referendum 2[1] 1 1
Total 12 6 6

Legislative referrals

Type of ballot measure How many on ballot? How many won? How many lost?
legislatively-referred state statute 1 1 0
legislatively-referred constitutional amendment 22 14 6
Total 23 15 6

References

  1. Ohio Issue 2 was deemed rejected because the wording of the ballot measure stated a 'yes' vote was to keep the law, and a 'no' vote was to repeal the law. Although the issue technically failed, the result was a successful repeal.


Texas residents defeat three out of 10 ballot measures:

  • Altogether, Texans have voted on 162 proposed constitutional amendments since 1989, prior to 2011's election. Of those 162, 89.5% of the constitutional amendments they've been asked to consider since 1989.
  • More recently, in the past decade not including 2011, 76 out of 78 Texas ballot measures have passed, leaving only 2.6% measures defeated. Three defeated measures on one ballot is highly unusual in Texas given the state's recent history.

Issue 2 was defeated by Ohio voters, repealing Senate Bill 5:

  • Senate Bill 5 will not become a law, scoring a victory of unions. SB 5 would have limited collective bargaining for public employees.
  • Issue 3, the health care freedom amendment, was approved, showing opposition of the new federal health care law.

Two of three Mississippi measures approved:

  • The most controversial measure, Initiative 26, the personhood amendment, was the only one of three Republican-backed measures to be defeated.

Maine's Question 1 approved by voters:

  • Question 1 was a veto referendum that will now overturn a same-day registration repeal signed into law during state legislative session.
  • The measure was backed mostly by Democratic Party supporters.

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Issues on the ballot

See also: Chart of 2011 ballot measure issues
  • The chart below highlights the issues scheduled to appear on 2011's ballot.
  • Taxes ranked as the most popular issue with a total of 8 measures. The same is true for 2009, when 8 measures also appeared in the category.
Top Issues # measures per issue
Taxes 8
State budgets 6
Administration of government 4
Healthcare 3
Gambling 3
Elections and campaigns 3

Citizen initiative changes

See also: Chart of 2011 ballot measure changes
  • 2011 features 4 more initiatives than 2009
  • Maine featured less initiatives (2) on their 2011 ballot than 2009
  • Colorado, Mississippi, Ohio and Washington all saw initiatives increases on their 2011 ballots
  • Of the five states, Colorado and Mississippi did not have initiatives on the 2009 ballot.
# of initiatives in 2009 # of initiatives in 2011 Change between the two years
Totals: 8 12 +4

Legislative referral changes

See also: Chart of 2011 ballot measure changes
  • 2011 has two less referrals on the ballot than 2009.
  • California (-6) and Louisiana (+6) had the most significant changes in the number legislative referrals on the ballot.
# of referrals in 2009 # of referrals in 2011 Change between the two years
Totals: 24 22 -2
Ballot measure researchers
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Initiative activity

See also: Chart of 2011 initiative activity
Like 2010, the percentage of filed initiatives certified for the ballot in 2011 was around 8%. 2010 saw 8.42% of the 606 filed initiatives make the ballot, compared to 8.76% in 2011.


# of initiatives proposed # initiatives certified in 2010  % certified
Totals: 137 12 8.76%
  • Of the 5 initiative & referendum states on the ballot, Washington had the most filed initiatives at 80.
  • Maine had the highest percentage of filed initiatives certified for the ballot at 50%.
  • The lowest percentage of filed initiatives to make the ballot was Colorado at 3%, with one certified initiative out of 36.


Campaign contributions

  • The following are the rankings for pre-election contributions made, both by supporting and opposing campaigns, towards each ballot measure on special, primary and general election ballots in 2011.
  • Post election final numbers will be updated as soon as reports are filed.
# Measure Amount
1 Washington Initiative 1183 $34,412,103.09
2 Ohio Issue 2 $4,965,668.89
3 Washington Initiative 1125 $3,676,222.85
4 Washington Initiative 1163 $1,770,904.56
5 Colorado Proposition 103 $432,052.87
6 Maine Question 1 $261,605.84
7 Ohio Issue 3 $162,219.36
8 Maine Question 3 $149,069.95
9 Maine Question 2 $129,293.78
10 Mississippi Initiative 26 $48,885.67
11 Mississippi Initiative 27 $16,875

Measures throughout the years

The chart below highlights the numbers of measures that appeared on the ballot from 2000 through 2010. This includes all citizen initiatives (initiated state statutes, initiated constitutional amendments and veto referendums) , legislative referrals (legislatively-referred constitutional amendments and legislatively-referred state statutes), and advisory measures.


Legend


     Highest in the category

Year Initiatives Legislative referrals Other measures TOTAL
2011 12 22 0 34
2010 50 130 4 184
2009 8 24 0 32
2008 74 92 8 174
2007 4 39 1 44
2006 83 140 3 226
2005 19 26 0 45
2004 65 107 1 173
2003 7 60 1 68
2002 55 162 6 223
2001 4 35 0 39
2000 82 151 2 235

The following are issues that were on the ballot in 2011 that will largely resurface in 2012:

Abortion

2011 measure: Mississippi Life Begins at the Moment of Fertilization Amendment, Initiative 26 (2011)

Status: Defeated, 58% to 42%

Certified 2012 measures: 2

Proposed 2012 measures: 8

"Healthcare freedom" amendments

  • Status: Approved, 66% to 34%
  • 2012 certified measures: 4
  • 2012 proposed measures: 4 (three others deal with other topics of health care)

Voter Identification

  • Status: Approved, 62% to 38%
  • 2012 certified measures: 2
  • 2012 proposed measures: 1

Labor issues

  • Status: Defeated, 61% to 39%

Taxes and bond issues

Ballotpedia's categorization of tax measures includes tax exemptions, tax increases and other various tax issues. Therefore, the following measures are not limited to a certain tax issue.

2011 Approved Defeated Approval margin (%) Defeat margin (%)
Totals[1] 5 4 25.95% 14.38%

Local tax and bond issues

Type of school finance measure Number of elections Number of approvals  % approved
Bonds 66 83 44.3%
Taxes, tax levies 227 82 73.4%
Totals: 293 165 63.9%

2012

References

  1. A Louisiana measure will be decided on November 19. Washington's Initiative 1183 is still too close to call.

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