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Analyses of ballot questions provided by state or municipal government agencies

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An analysis of a ballot question provided by a state or municipal government agency is a common feature that in some states and municipalities is routinely included in the official voter guide or voter pamphlet.

In states where a background explanation or analysis is provided, it is generally intended to be an impartial analysis of the ballot question.

The objective of such analyses, when they are impartial, is to give voters an understanding of the likely consequences of a "yes" vote or a "no" vote, as well as enough relevant background and context so that the voter can cast an informed vote.

States with analysis in voter guides

States where the official voter guide includes an analysis or summary of the proposed ballot question are:

2012

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Rhode
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

2011

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Washington

2010

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

2009

  • California
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Washington

See also

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