Bailey Ludlam/2011 review
Ballotpedia initially started with a focus on statewide ballot questions and initiative & referendum laws but over the last couple of years has grown to include numerous topics...
- State and local ballot measures
- State executive officials
- State legislatures (redistricting)
- ...the list and our coverage of each subject area continues to grow
- November elections are certainly the peak in politics but there's a lot that happens in between...
On November 8...
- State executives: 18 state executive offices were decided on Nov. 8, of which 10 incumbents won re-election.
- Only 1 incumbent fell. Secretary of State Elaine Walker was defeated in the Kentucky primary.
- No partisan changes in any of the offices.
- State legislatures: On November 8, a total of ## legislative seats were up for grabs.
- In the three races - Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia - Democrats lost 19 seats, while Republicans gained 18.
- 3 races remain undecided.
- Competitiveness - of the four total states with regularly scheduled legislative elections in 2011...
- 50% of 434 incumbents saw no opposition
- in 2010 26% saw no opposition
- Special legislative elections: 2011 had an estimated 91 special elections in 22 states
- Ballot measures: 27 ballot questions appeared on Nov. 8 ballots
- 67% of ballot measures were approved, compared to 64% in 2010 and 81% in 2009
- Notable results:
- Mississippi's Initiative 26 - defeated by 58%
- Ohio's Issue 2 - SB 5 was repealed by 61%
- Texas, in the latest decade 76 out of 78 Texas ballot measures have passed. 3 of 10 were defeated on Nov. 8.
- Recalls: Two recall efforts targeted state legislators.
- Primary election dates
- Redistricting remains pending lawsuits
- Ballot measures may appear on primary ballots, like North Carolina.
- California recently changed their law - measures may only appear on general election ballots.
In the queue for 2012
- 11 states will hold state executive elections.
- 86 of the 99 chambers will hold state legislative elections on November 6, 2012
- 56 ballot measures are certified for 2012. 184 were certified for 2010. At the current pace of certifications, 2012 may surpass 2010.
and for Ballotpedia, a new area of election coverage - Congress.