Ballot Quiz, December 12 (2011)

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1. On December 6th a secretary of state certified a "paycheck protection" initiative for the 2012 statewide ballot. Which state was this?

Ohio
Sorry, incorrect.
Rhode Island
Wrong!
Florida
Nope, not Florida.
California
Correct! California Proposition 32, the "Paycheck Protection" Initiative (2012) was certified to appear on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot.

2. Two states are currently leading efforts to qualify measures for the 2012 ballot to implement or amend recall laws. Which two states?

South Carolina & Michigan
Correct! Both South Carolina and Michigan are leading efforts. South Carolina's proposal aims to allow residents in the state to recall officials from office; while the Michigan proposal calls for limiting recall attempts to reasons such as misconduct, criminal convictions or incompetence.
Montana & Colorado
Incorrect. South Carolina and Michigan have proposals currently pending for 2012.
Arizona & Wisconsin
Although both states had recall elections in 2011, this is incorrect. South Carolina and Michigan have proposals currently pending for 2012.
South Dakota & Minnesota
Sorry, this is wrong. South Carolina and Michigan have proposals currently pending for 2012.

3. Two Boulder, Colorado ballot measures that appeared on the November 1 ballot totaled $1 million in campaign contributions. True or False?

True
Yes! According to campaign finance reports $1,073,828 was spent both in favor and against a measure that asked whether the city should create its utility company and whether the electricity rate should be increased.. Both were approved by voters.
False
Wrong. According to campaign finance reports $1,073,828 was spent both in favor and against a measure that asked whether the city should create its utility company and whether the electricity rate should be increased.. Both were approved by voters.

4. Which midwestern state had a state legislative candidate filing deadline on December 5, 2011?

Ohio
Nope, incorrect. The list is still being populated but check for candidates. (State Senate and State House)
Illinois
Correct! The list is still being populated but check for candidates. All 59 State Senate and 118 State House seats are up for election in 2012. (State Senate and State House)
Indiana
Close, but wrong. The list is still being populated but check for candidates. (State Senate and State House)
Iowa
Sorry, that's wrong. The list is still being populated but check for candidates. (State Senate and State House)

5. In how many states can voters can recall statewide and local elected officials?

10
Wrong! 18 states allow both state and local recalls. See Laws governing recall.
48
Sorry, that's incorrect. 18 states allow both state and local recalls. See Laws governing recall
25
So close, but incorrect. 18 states allow both state and local recalls. See Laws governing recall.
18
Correct! See Laws governing recall for more details./span>

6. BONUS!

Earl Ray Tomblin is no longer Acting Governor of West Virginia. The winner of an October 4th special election, Tomblin took the oath of office on and was sworn in as the state's 35th governor by Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman.

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