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34 ballot questions were certified for spots on 9 statewide ballots in 2011.[1]

A total of 4 elections were scheduled for the year. Of the 34 questions, 27 ballot questions appeared on the November 8, 2011 general election ballot in 7 states.

Historically, odd-numbered election years feature significantly fewer measures than even-numbered years. Since 1970 odd-numbered years have had an average of 46 ballot questions. In 2009, voters cast their ballots on a grand total of 32 questions.

2 political topics were found to be the most popular among 2011 ballot measures: taxes and state budgets. Taxes ranked as the most popular issue with a total of 8 measures. The same is true for 2009, when 8 measures also appeared in the category.

Unlike even-numbered years, odd years have few categories appear on the ballot. 2011 features only 15 political issues, compared to 2010's measures which touched on more than 40 different topics. The "Big 5" topics for 2011 included: taxes, state budgets, administration of government, health care, gambling and elections and campaigns.

See also: Chart of 2011 ballot measures by political topic

Overview pages

Statistical summary

The charts below include all statewide ballot measure results in 2011, including November 8. All election results are official.

2011 election stats
Total Approved (%) Defeated (%)
34 22 (65%) 12 (35%)

Initiated measures

Type of ballot measure How many on ballot? How many won? How many lost?
initiated state statute 6 2 4
initiated constitutional amendment 4 3 1
Veto referendum 2[2] 1 1
Total 12 6 6

Legislative referrals

Type of ballot measure How many on ballot? How many won? How many lost?
legislatively-referred state statute 1 1 0
legislatively-referred constitutional amendment 22 14 6
Total 23 15 6

By date

October 22

Approveda Louisiana TOPS Scholarship Program, Amendment 1 (October 2011)
Approveda Louisiana Public Retirement System, Amendment 2 (October 2011)
Approveda Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund, Amendment 3 (October 2011)
Defeatedd Louisiana Budget Stabilization Fund, Amendment 4 (October 2011)
Defeatedd Louisiana Property Tax Sales, Amendment 5 (October 2011)

November 1

Defeatedd Colorado Sales and Income Tax Increase Initiative, Proposition 103 (2011)

November 8

November 19

Approveda Louisiana Immovable Property Tax, Amendment 1 (2011)

By state

Arkansas

Arkansas 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Retail Project Question Bond issues Would authorize local areas to create economic districts, issue bonds for retail projects Approveda

Colorado

Colorado 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Proposition 103 Taxes Would increase income and sales tax in the state. Defeatedd

Louisiana

Louisiana 2011 ballot measures

October 22:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 State budgets Would redirect Tobacco Settlement Proceeds to the TOPS program Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 State budgets Would allow a minimum of 10% of nonrecurring revenue be applied toward the state retirement systems Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Healthcare Creates the Patient's Compensation Fund, for the use, benefit, and protection of medical malpractice claimants Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 State budgets Provides for deposits and interruption of mineral revenue deposits to the Budget Stabilization Fund Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Taxes Would allow for collectors to offer the property for sale with no minimum required bid Defeatedd

November 19:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Would prohibit levying new taxes or fees upon the sale or transfer of immovable property Approveda

Maine

Maine 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Question 1 Elections and campaigns Would overturn a law dealing with same-day voting registration. Approveda
IndISS Question 2 Gambling Amend laws governing deadline for approval of second racino and allow another tribal racino. Defeatedd
IndISS Question 3 Gambling Regarding establishing a slot machine facility. Defeatedd
LRCA Question 4 Redistricting Would change the years of redistricting the Maine Legislature. Approveda

Mississippi

Mississippi 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndICA Initiative 26 Abortion Defines human personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization Defeatedd
IndICA Initiative 27 Elections Would require Voter ID at the polls Approveda
IndICA Initiative 31 Eminent domain Prohibit state & local government from taking private property by eminent domain. Approveda

New Jersey

New Jersey 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
Advisory / LRCA[3] Public Question 1 Gambling Allow sports betting in the state of New Jersey Approveda


Ohio

Ohio 2011 ballot measures

November 8

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Judicial reform Would raise the maximum age for judicial office pursuant to election from 70 to 75. Defeatedd
VR Issue 2 Labor Would repeal a measure which limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state. Defeatedd
CICA Issue 3 Healthcare Exempt residents of Ohio from national health care mandates. Approveda

Texas

Texas 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Taxes Property tax exemptions for surviving spouses of disabled veterans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Bonds Texas Water Development Board bonds Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Education Education loans funded by general obligation bonds Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Bonds Counties permitted to issue bonds related to development of un/underdeveloped or blighted areas Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 5 Admin of gov't Cities/counties can enter into interlocal contracts without a tax or sinking fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Education Changes in the permanent school fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Admin of gov't Provision of parks and recreational facilities in El Paso County Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 8 Taxes Tax appraisal rules for open space land devoted to water stewardship Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 9 Admin of gov't Governor allowed to grant pardons related to deferred adjudication community supervision Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Admin of gov't Rules for automatic resignation of politicians who become candidates for other offices Approveda

Washington

Washington 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1125 Taxes Prohibits gas tax and toll revenues to be diverted to non-transportation purposes Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 1163 Taxes Reenacts background checks, training for long-term care workers Approveda
ITP Initiative 1183 Alcohol Would close state liquor stores; allow state licensing of private parties Approveda
LRCA SJR 8205 Elections Removes a provision about the length of time a voter must reside in Washington to vote for president or vice president Approveda
LRCA SJR 8206 State budgets Would require the transfer of additional funds to the budget stabilization account if the state has received "extraordinary revenue growth" Approveda

Local measures

See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2011
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Local ballot measures were on the November 8, 2011 ballot in at least 9 states. At least 30 elections were scheduled for 2011 in various counties, towns and cities. For details on local elections throughout 2011, click here.

Some states with Nov. 8 local measures included:

Alabama:

One local measure was on a 2011 special election ballot in the state of Alabama. This question only appeared in its respective county for residents to vote on. However, in order to pass local county laws, an amendment to the state constitution is needed. Alabama mandates that county governments seek legislative approval or legislatively-referred constitutional amendment ballot measures for approval of laws.

See also

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References

  1. Two constitutional amendments were on a special election ballot in the state of Alabama. However, these questions only appeared in their respective counties for residents to vote on. The reason being is that in order to pass local county laws, an amendment to the state constitution is needed. Alabama mandates that county governments seek legislative approval or legislatively-referred constitutional amendment ballot measures for approval of laws. The amendments are not included in Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count.
  2. Ohio Issue 2 was deemed rejected because the wording of the ballot measure stated a 'yes' vote was to keep the law, and a 'no' vote was to repeal the law. Although the issue technically failed, the result was a successful repeal.
  3. This measure is technically categorized as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, according to the New Jersey Secretary of State, however due to pending federal litigation, the measure is listed as a non-binding advisory measure. Refer to measure article for details.