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In 2011, California sees sharp decline in local ballot measures

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October 31, 2011


November 8 features at least 86 local ballot measure contests in at least 22 of California's 58 counties, and one recall question.[1]

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

November 8 is the twelfth date in 2011 when local ballot measure elections will or did take place in California.


  1. 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.