Chart of 2012 ballot measure issues

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List of ballot measures by topic
NOTE: All measures, including legislative referrals and citizen initiatives are listed below. However, some measures may be listed more than once because they fall into more than one category. For a detailed number of measures for the 2012 ballot, please visit the official 2012 ballot measure article.

Issues in 2012 were vast and diverse, with social issues taking over the ballot this year. Marriage, marijuana, health care and other high-profile issues were on center stage, with those measures garnering a significant amount of media coverage.

However, the issue of taxes reigned supreme once more, with 33 measures on the ballot. In 2011, 8 measures dealt with taxes, the most for that year. In 2010, 40 measures dealing with taxes were placed on the ballot, the most for that year as well.

Coming in second was the topic of administration of government at 21, followed by bond issues with 19.

2012 ballot issues


     Highest total measures

Issues States # measures per issue
Abortion Florida, Montana 2
Administration of government Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, West Virginia 21
Affirmative action Oklahoma 1
Assisted death Massachusetts 1
Bond issues Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island 19
Business regulation California, Massachusetts 2
Civil rights Alabama 1
Constitutional conventions Alaska, New Hampshire, Ohio 3
Constitutional language Alabama, South Dakota 2
Education Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Washington 13
Elections and campaigns Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina 7
Eminent domain Virginia 1
Environment Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Michigan, Rhode Island 5
Firearms Louisiana 1
Gambling Arkansas, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island 7
Healthcare Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming 8
Housing New Mexico, Rhode Island 2
Hunting Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, Wyoming 4
Immigration Maryland, Montana 2
Insurance California, Washington 3
Judiciary Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Wyoming 13
Labor and unions Alabama, California, Michigan, South Dakota 5
Law enforcement 9
Marijuana Arkansas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Montana, Oregon, Washington 6
Motto and symbols North Dakota 1
Marriage and family Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington 5
Natural resources Alabama 1
Pension Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey 3
Redistricting California, Maryland, Ohio 3
Religion Florida, Missouri, North Dakota 3
State officials salaries Alabama, Nebraska 2
State budgets Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, South Dakota, Washington 7
State executives New Mexico, Oklahoma 2
Taxes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington 33
Term limits California, Nebraska, West Virginia 3
Tobacco California, Missouri 2
Transportation Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan 4

See also