Ballotpedia finds sharp increase of filed initiatives in March

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April 1, 2010


By Al Ortiz

Direct democracy took over the month of March, as the total number of filed initiatives grew significantly by almost a hundred, from 443 to 542. That shows a much bigger difference when compared to the previous count, when the number of filed initiatives only increased by 19, from 424 to 443 between February 1 to March 1.

The sharpest jump in filed initiatives took place in Colorado and Idaho. Colorado saw its number of filed initiatives jump from 44 to 98 and Idaho saw a rise from 1 to 20. The petition drive deadlines for those states are August 2, 2010 and April 30, 2010, respectively. This means that petition efforts in Idaho have only 29 more days to collect signatures in order for their proposed measure to be considered for a statewide ballot. Colorado had a total of 24 filed initiatives that pertained to state water rafting access alone.

Also, March only saw one filing deadline pass as North Dakota initiative efforts had until March 10, 2010 to turn in signatures for the June 8, 2010 ballot. North Dakota has one more deadline looming, as petition signatures must be turned in by June 15, 2010 for measures hoping to be considered for the November 2, 2010 ballot.

The next official count by Ballopedia of filed initiatives will be on May 1, 2010. Initiatives that Ballotpedia includes in its count include initiatives that were withdrawn or abandoned after they were filed, initiatives that failed to qualify for the ballot because they missed a petition drive deadline, initiatives that were filed in states with a rolling petition deadline that might still qualify for the 2011 ballot or 2012 ballot, multiple versions of what appears to basically be the same initiative, and initiatives that have already qualified for a 2010 ballot.

Ballotpedia's count of filed initiatives does not count ballot measures proposed by a state legislature and initiatives that groups have said they are going to file, but have not actually filed.

See also

2010 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2010 Scorecard
AnalysisIssues on ballot