The Tuesday Count remains steady as Maine's deadlines come and go
By Bailey Ludlam
The first petition deadline of the year has come to an end but Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count continues to remain rock solid. A total of four measures, three in Mississippi and one in New Jersey, remain certified for upcoming 2011 ballots.
However, two more measures may join the Tuesday Count should they meet the state's requirements. On January 20 time ran out for initiatives in Maine and only two made the cut, according to state officials. A Slot Machine Facility Question and a Racino Question remain pending signature verification. Both measures are indirect initiated state statutes, which means, in order to place the measure on the 2011 ballot a minimum of 58,054 valid signatures are required. Verification is expected in February.
In other states, initiatives and legislative referrals continue to add up. For upcoming ballots both in 2011 and 2012, an estimated 130 measures have been proposed. Most recently in Missouri the secretary of state approved an initiative reform measure for petition circulation for the 2012 ballot.
Social issues continue to surface in proposals both by state legislatures and by citizens. In Colorado lawmakers have proposed requiring that residents show identification in order to receive certain public services. It is being proposed in order to curtail illegal immigrants from receiving these services. Similar immigration measures have been proposed in Ohio, Washington, Arkansas, Iowa and California.
Some states may see a combination of social and fiscal issues. As of this week, the state of Washington has a total of 21 filed citizen initiatives. Topics range from transportation taxes, marijuana, immigration and even agriculture. The list, in its entirety, can be found here.
SPOTLIGHT: Three counties to secede from West Virginia, legislators are looking into it
Proposed legislation has been set forth to possibly ask, in a non-binding vote in November 2011, if residents in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties want to secede from West Virginia and become a part of Virginia state. The legislation was filed by Delegate Larry Kump.
According to Kump, he filed the proposal following West Virginia's poor economic rankings. The non-binding vote, he said, would help clarify resident's position on the issue. "Our government is so centralized and so oppressive on economic growth, it affects everybody. In the Eastern Panhandle, we're saying 'Let our people go to find prosperity,'" he said. Others argue otherwise. Delegate John Doyle said that although residents in the panhandle may complete, there are few that actually want their counties to secede.
ELECTION DAY TODAY: Nebraska and California
- Jim Suttle recall, Omaha, Nebraska (2011)
- Referendum on the Azusa Rock Quarry Approval, Measure A (January 2011)
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