In 2011, California sees sharp decline in local ballot measures
November 8 features at least 86 local ballot measure contests in at least 22 of California's 58 counties, and one recall question.
The number of local ballot measure elections being held on November 8 is a steep decline from the number of local ballot measure elections held in the last three Novembers in California. Elections held in even-numbered years historically attract much higher numbers than those held in odd-numbered years. Comparing the number of local ballot measure elections on November 8, 2011 just to those on the November 3, 2009 ballot indicates a 30% decline in the number of measures on the ballot in these two odd-numbered years.
Local ballot measure frequency in November elections:
|November election||# of measures||# of counties|
|November 4, 2008||380|
|November 3, 2009||122||22|
|November 2, 2010||342||50|
|November 8, 2011||86||22|
- Historically, eleven county election offices -- those in Amador County, Del Norte County, El Dorado County, Glenn County, Inyo County, Kings County, Modoc County, Napa County, Nevada County, Tuolumne County and Yuba County -- do not list local ballot measure contests on their websites until after the election has taken place. See November 2, 2010 election in California.