2008 ballot measure election results

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Statistical summary

Initiated measures

Type of ballot measure How many on Nov ballot? How many won? How many lost?
Initiated constitutional amendment 25 11 14
Initiated state statute 34 13 21
Veto referendum 2 1 1
Total 61 26 35

Legislative and other referrals

This chart includes only those measures that appeared on the November ballot. To see a statistical summary of the election results for the year, see 2008 ballot measures.

Type of ballot measure How many on ballot? How many won? How many lost?
Legislatively-referred constitutional amendment 70 50 20
Legislatively-referred state statute 14 13 1
Automatic ballot referral 3 0 3
Commission referral 5 3 2
Total 92 66 26

Alabama

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Alabama Rainy Day Amendment Approved 954,325 (57%) 729,931 (43%) 100%
Alabama Shelby County Judicial Commission Approved 682,868 (60%) 450,506 (40%) 100%
Alabama Madison School Taxes Approved 573,644 (50.3%) 564,999 (49.6%) 100%
Alabama Blount County Annexation Approved 629,359 (57%) 477,794 (43%) 100%
Alabama Court Costs in Russell County Approved 599,930 (55%) 492,362 (45%) 100%
Alabama Utilities in Tuskegee Approved 613,788 (58%) 451,935 (42%) 100%

Results according to Al.com.[1]

Alaska

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting Total votes
Alaska Bonds for Transportation Approved 130285 (62.5%) 78168 (37.5%) 100% 208453

According to the Alaska Elections Division as of Nov. 5, 2008.[2]

Arizona

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting Total votes
Arizona Proposition 100 Approved 1,358,354 (76.9%) 408,725 (23.1%) 100% 1,767,079
Arizona Proposition 101 Defeated 920,341 (49.8%) 928,452 (50.2%) 100% 1,848,793
Arizona Proposition 102 Approved 1,042,940 (56.5%) 803,452 (43.5%) 100% 1,846,392
Arizona Proposition 105 Defeated 597,666 (34.3%) 1,145,975 (65.7%) 100% 1,743,641
Arizona Proposition 200 Defeated 712,238 (40.5%) 1,045,559 (59.5%) 100% 1,757,797
Arizona Proposition 201 Defeated 387,767 (22.1%) 1,363,531 (77.9%) 100% 1,751,298
Arizona Proposition 202 Defeated 728,466 (40.9%) 1,051,783 (59.1%) 100% 1,780,249
Arizona Proposition 300 Defeated 632,516 (35.5%) 1,151,441 (64.5%) 100% 1,783,957

Results according to the Arizona Secretary of State.[3] Results are unofficial pending an official canvass on December 1, 2008.

Arkansas

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 Approved 708,694 (73%) 264,865 (27%) 100%
Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 Approved 658,195 (69%) 290,392 (31%) 100%
Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 Approved 640,557 (63%) 379,823 (37%) 100%
Proposed Initiative Act No. 1 Approved 579,695 (57%) 437,720 (43%) 100%
Referred Question No. 1 Approved 626,267 (66%) 328,091 (34%) 100%

Results according to the Arkansas Secretary of State[4]

California

Ballot measure Outcome Yes votes Yes % No votes No % Precincts
Reporting
Proposition 1A Approved 5,489,815 52.3% 5,017,258 47.7% 100%
Proposition 2 Approved 6,762,523 63.3% 3,937,593 36.7% 100%
Proposition 3 Approved 5,720,744 54.7% 4,738,197 45.3% 100%
Proposition 4 Defeated 5,113,433 47.7% 5,589,765 52.3% 100%
Proposition 5 Defeated 4,223,558 40.1% 6,298,753 59.9% 100%
Proposition 6 Defeated 3,139,222 30.6% 7,114,212 69.4% 100%
Proposition 7 Defeated 3,672,323 35.0% 6,819,206 65.0% 100%
Proposition 8 Approved 5,782,670 52.2% 5,301,540 47.8% 100%
Proposition 9 Approved 5,486,326 53.4% 4,799,800 46.6% 100%
Proposition 10 Defeated 4,177,692 40.1% 6,234,343 59.9% 100%
Proposition 11 Approved 5,043,271 50.7% 4,912,449 49.3% 100%
Proposition 12 Approved 6,453,870 63.4% 3,738,179 36.6% 100%

The results according to the California Secretary of State.[5]

Colorado

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Referendum L Defeated 959,071 (46%) 1,110,134 (54%) 100%
Referendum M Approved 1,248,700 (62%) 752,256 (38%) 100%
Referendum N Approved 1,386,091 (69%) 625,482 (31%) 100%
Referendum O Defeated 960,323 (48%) 1,058,216 (52%) 100%
Amendment 46 Defeated 1,046,970 (49%) 1,080,238 (51%) 100%
Amendment 47 Defeated 963,547 (44%) 1,206,079 (56%) 100%
Amendment 48 Defeated 585,561 (27%) 1,605,978 (73%) 100%
Amendment 49 Defeated 838,177 (39%) 1,297,450 (61%) 100%
Amendment 50 Approved 1,261,562 (59%) 890,920 (41%) 100%
Amendment 51 Defeated 809,184 (38%) 1,343,687 (62%) 100%
Amendment 52 Defeated 748,290 (36%) 1,349,817 (64%) 100%
Amendment 54 Approved 1,074,241 (51%) 1,023,613 (49%) 100%
Amendment 58 Defeated 901,600 (42%) 1,240,518 (58%) 100%
Amendment 59 Defeated 956,897 (45%) 1,147,434 (55%) 100%

Results according to the Denver Post[6]

Connecticut

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Constitutional Convention Defeated 566,649 (41%) 822,729 (59%) 100%
Voting Age Decrease Approved 883,137 (65%) 485,128 (35%) 100%

Results according to The Connecticut Network[7]

Florida

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting Comments
Amendment 1 Defeated 3,369,894 (47.9%) 3,669,812 (52.1%) 100% 60% required to pass
Amendment 2 Approved 4,645,602 (62.1%) 2,833,052 (37.9%) 100% "
Amendment 3 Approved 4,109,743 (60.4%) 2,698,862 (39.6%) 100% "
Amendment 4 Approved 4,603,079 (68.4%) 2,128,179 (31.6%) 100% "
Amendment 6 Approved 4,705,966 (70.5%) 1,972,470 (29.5%) 100% "
Amendment 8 Defeated 3,038,837 (43.5%) 3,940,626 (56.5%) 100% "

Results according to the Florida Department of State[8]

Georgia

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Forest Preservation Amendment (Amendment 1) Approved 2,453,853 (68%) 1,154,464 (32.0%) 100%
Education Taxes for Redevelopment (Amendment 2) Approved 1,867,553 (51.5%) 1,756,518 (48.5%) 100%
Infrastructure Development Districts (Amendment 3) Defeated 1,665,462 (48.4%) 1,777,269 (51.6%) 100%

Results according to the Georgia Secretary of State[9]

Hawaii

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Constitutional Convention Defeated 152,453 (35%) 281,418 (65%) 100%
Age Qualification for Governor Defeated 75,696 (18%) 356,682 (82%) 100%

Source:

Illinois

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Illinois Constitutional Convention Defeated 1,446,439 (33%) 2,986,970 (67%) 100%

Results according to the Chicago Tribune[10]

Iowa

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Iowa Voting Exemptions Act Approved 896,546 (81%) 205,401 (19%) 100%

Results according to The New York Times[11]

Louisiana

Ballot measure Outcome Yes votes Yes % No votes No % Precincts Reporting
Term Limits for Public Boards Act, Amendment 1 Approved 1,129,779 69% 497,253 31% 100%
Extraordinary Legislative Sessions Act, Amendment 2 Approved 952,046 60% 641,308 40% 100%
Temporary Legislators Act, Amendment 3 Approved 981,458 62% 607,741 38% 100%
Severance Tax Act, Amendment 4 Defeated 704,057 45% 875,196 55% 100%
Expropriated Property Act, Amendment 5 Defeated 778,206 49.9% 780,047 50.1% 100%
Blighted Property Act, Amendment 6 Defeated 771,051 49% 786,933 51% 100%
Retirement Fund Investment Act, Amendment 7 Defeated 670,756 44% 841,927 56% 100%

Results according to the Louisiana Secretary of State.[12]

Maine

Ballot measure Outcome Yes votes Yes % No votes No % Precincts Reporting Total votes
Repeal Dirigo Tax Referendum Approved (overturning the tax) 459,453 64% 254,660 36% 100% 699,264
Casino in Oxford County Defeated 332,896 46% 387,827 54% 100% 705,755
Bonds for Water Projects Approved 352,058 50.26% 348,357 49.74% 100% 685,891

Results according to AOL News and Maine's Press Herald .[13],[14],[15]

Maryland

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Early Voting Approved 1,574,480 (72%) 623,220 (18%) 100%
Casino Measure Approved 1,344,064 (59%) 948,076 (41%) 100%

Results according to the Maryland State Board of Elections[16]

Massachusetts

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
State Income Tax Repeal Defeated 901,802 (30%) 2,063,891 (70%) 100%
Sensible Marijuana Policy Approved 1,939,505 (65%) 1,036,409 (35%) 100%
Greyhound Protection Act Approved 1,645,828 (56%) 1,282,940 (44%) 100%

Source:

Michigan

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Coalition for Compassionate Care Approved 3,008,980 (63%) 1,792,870 (37%) 100%
Stem Cell Initiative Approved 2,522,976 (53%) 2,272,903 (47%) 100%

Results according to Michigan Department of State[17]

Minnesota

Ballot measure Outcome Yes votes Yes % No votes No % Precincts Reporting Total votes
Sales Tax Increase Approved 1,635,014 56.8% 1,281,719 44% 100% 2,916,733

Results as of November 5 at 3pm CST according to the Minnesota Secretary of State.[18],[19]

Missouri

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Constitutional Amendment 1 Approved 86.3% 13.7% 3507/3507
Constitutional Amendment 4 Approved 57.8% 42.2% 3507/3507
Proposition A Approved 56.2% 43.8% 3507/3507
Proposition B Approved 75.2% 24.8% 3507/3507
Proposition C Approved 66% 34% 3507/3507

Results as of 9:22 pm CST according to the Missouri Secretary of State.[20]

Montana

Ballot measure Outcome Yes votes Yes % No votes No % Precincts Reporting
C-44 Defeated 119,672 26% 333,783 74% 100%
LR-118 Approved 262,376 57% 200,507 43% 100%
I-155 Approved 326,565 70% 141,470 30% 100%

According to the Helena IR on Nov. 6, 2008.[21],[22]

Nebraska

11:42 PM Central Time

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Civil Rights Initiative Approved 57 43 92%
Nebraska Municipal Development Defeated 45 55 92%

Nevada

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting


Question 1: Assembly Joint Resolution No. 10 Defeated 433,847 (47%) 481,260 (53%) 100%
Question 2: People's Initiative to Stop the Taking of Our Land (PISTOL) Approved 534,547 (61%) 344,562 (39%) 100%
Question 3: Assembly Joint Resolution No. 16 Approved 518,733 (60%) 344,017 (40%) 100%
Question 4: Senate Bill No. 502 Defeated 299,739 (27%) 629,459 (73%) 100%

New Jersey

November 04, 2008 - 1:18 AM ET

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Municipal Judge Appointment Defeated 45 55 99%
Approval of State Bonds Approved 57 43 99%

New Mexico

Ballot measure Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Mid-term Salary Increases 177,593 (26%) 493,386 (74%) 100%
School Board Amendment 387,048 (58%) 284,605 (42%) 100%
Cabinet Secretary Confirmation Act 471,468 (72%) 184,970 (28%) 100%
School Elections Act 494,196 (74%) 169,199 (26%) 100%
Lieutenant Governor Vacancy Act 459,559 (69%) 208,472 (31%) 100%
Bond Question 1 396,733 (59%) 272,400 (41%) 100%
Bond Question 2 349,304 (52%) 317,355 (48%) 100%
Bond Question 3 436,588 (65%) 235,306 (35%) 100%
Bond Question 4 387,048 (58%) 284,605 (42%) 100%

New York

Ballot measure Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Proposal 1 77% 23% 99%

As of 11:42 am EST according to The New York Times

North Dakota

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Constitutional Measure #1 Defeated 108,455 192,835 100%
Income Tax Cut Defeated 91,182 210,253 100%
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Petition Approved 162,477 138,778 100%
Work Force Safety and Insurance Agency Petition Approved 196,169 96,266 100%

Source: North Dakota Secretary of State Election Results

Ohio

See Ohio 2008 ballot measures.

Ballot measure Outcome Yes votes Yes % No votes No % Precincts Reporting
Ohio Issue 1 Approved 3,163,787 69% 1,446,659 31% 100%
Ohio Issue 2 Approved 3,320,322 69% 1,483,526 31% 100%
Ohio Issue 3 Approved 3,381,481 72% 1,321,751 28% 100%
Ohio Issue 5 Approved 3,159,002 63% 1,830,132 37% 100%
Ohio Issue 6 Defeated 1,926,082 37% 3,252,524 63% 100%


Results given on Cleveland.com.[23]

Oklahoma

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
State Question No. 735 Approved 84.95 15.05 100%
State Question No. 741 Approved 68.07 31.03 100%
State Question No. 742 Approved 80.06 19.94 100%
State Question No. 743 Approved 78.95 21.05 100%

Results according to Oklahoma Division of Elections[24]

Oregon

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Measure 54 Approved 72.59% 27.41% 100%
Measure 55 Approved 77.46% 22.54% 100%
Measure 56 Approved 56.54% 43.46% 100%
Measure 57 Approved 61.38% 38.62% 100%
Measure 58 Defeated 43.68% 56.32% 100%
Measure 59 Defeated 36.25% 63.75% 100%
Measure 60 Defeated 38.61% 61.39% 100%
Measure 61 Defeated 48.9% 51.1% 100%
Measure 62 Defeated 39.42% 60.58% 100%
Measure 63 Defeated 45.8% 54.2% 100%
Measure 64 Defeated 49.44% 50.56% 100%
Measure 65 Defeated 34.06% 65.94% 100%

Results according to Oregon Department of Elections.[25]

Pennsylvania

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Sewer Bond Question Approved 2,850,681 (62.2%) 1,728,745 (37.8%) 100%


Source: Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information

Rhode Island

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Rhode Island Transportation Bonds Approved 297,099 (77%) 90,794 (23%) 100%
Rhode Island Open Space Bonds Approved 261,017 (68%) 123,561 (32%) 100%

Source: Channel 10

South Carolina

Ballot measure Outcome Yes votes Yes % No votes No % Total votes Precincts Reporting
South Carolina Amendment 1 Approved 900,164 52.39% 817,923 47.61% 1,718,087 100%
South Carolina Amendment 2 Failed 723,136 41.86% 1,004,384 58.14% 1,727,520 100%
South Carolina Amendment 3 Failed 743,406 43.58% 962,304 56.42% 1,705,710 100%

Results according to South Carolina Election Commission.

South Dakota

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Initiated Measure 9 (investors protection) Defeated 146,831 191,549 100%
Initiated Measure 10 (open and clean government) Defeated 127,042 232,631 100%
Initiated Measure 11 (abortion ban) Defeated 167,518 206,477 100%
Constitutional Amendment G (travel reimbursement) Defeated 147,726 211,360 100%
Constitutional Amendment H (issue corporate stock) Defeated 103,148 229,846 100%
Constitutional Amendment I (legislative session length) Approved 184,668 167,713 100%
Constitutional Amendment J (repeal term limits) Defeated 87,361 272,551 100%
Recycling Ordinance (Vermillion local measure) Approved 2,163 1,998 100%

Sources:

Utah

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Executive Officers Succession Amendment Approved 613,744 (75.86%) 195,312 (24.14% ) 100%
State Trust Fund Amendment Approved 527,873 (66.04%) 271,504 (33.96%) 100%
Start of Legislative Session Amendment Approved 569,389 (70.71%) 235,849 (29.29%) 100%
Amendment 4 Approved 619,390 (78.25%) 172,150 (21.75%) 100%
Amendment 5 Approved 454,399 (56.36%) 351,850 (43.64%) 100%

Source: Utah Election Results

Washington

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
I-985 Defeated 1,079,726 (39.87%) 1,628,487 (60.13%) 100%
I-1000 Approved 1,599,797 (57.91%) 1,162,742 (42.09%) 100%
I-1029 Approved 1,970,013 (72.56%) 744,956 (27.44%) 100%

Results from the Washington Secretary of State.[26]

Wyoming

Ballot measure Outcome Yes % No % Precincts Reporting
Amendment A Approveda 191,747 42,814 100%
Amendment B Defeatedd 120,312 101,636 100%

Source: Wyoming Secretary of State

2008 ballot measures winners & losers

Winners

Losers

References