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Volume 1, Issue 12: 2/2/2010 Ballot measure news

News about ballot measures

64 ballot measures are certified for the 2010 ballot in 28 states, as of February 2. Five statewide measures have been added to the count since January 19 including a property tax cap amendment in Indiana, a California proposition to allow insurance companies to charge different rates depending on past insurance coverage history, Amendment 5 in Florida for state legislative redistricting, Florida's Amendment 6 for congressional redistricting and a casino re-location measure in Ohio.

An average of about 185 ballot propositions were on statewide ballots in 2008, 2006 and 2004. So far in 2010, hopeful sponsors have filed language with election officials for more than 400 measures, including dozens of duplicate measures and measures that have already missed a deadline. State legislatures are also considering dozens of possible 2010 referrals.

Oregon voters made national headlines when they approved two tax increases on January 26 in the first statewide ballot proposition votes of 2010. The next scheduled election on a statewide proposition takes place on May 4 in Ohio on another casino question.

Political pundits are focused on the outcomes of today's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial primaries in Illinois, but closer to home, Illinois voters across the state have 117 local ballot measures to consider in 53 counties, including 50 tax-related measures. Next week, on February 9, 2010, voters in the State of Washington will be looking at 269 ballot measures in 37 counties. About 90% of those measures relate to school property tax issues.

In New Jersey on January 26, voters rejected 12 out of 14 local school bonding propositions. Throughout 2010, Ballotpedia will be tracking votes on local school bond and tax issues.

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