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Ballot initiatives filed for the 2010 ballot

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Yellow padlock.png = The deadline for filing language in this state has passed.[1]

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This is a research page for collecting information to track the number of initiatives filed in each of the states with initiative or referendum.[2]

This page does count:

The 2010 Tuesday Count
  • Initiatives that were filed in states with a rolling petition deadline that might still qualify for the 2011 ballot or 2012 ballot.[4]
  • Multiple versions of what appears to basically be the same initiative.[5]
Lists of failed initiatives
  • Initiatives that have already qualified for a 2010 ballot.

This page does not count:

  • Ballot measures proposed by a state legislature.[6]
  • Initiatives that groups have said they are going to file, but have not actually filed.
State Filings website Feb 1 Filed (Certified) # on 3/1/2010 # on 4/1/2010 # on 5/1/2010 # on 6/1/2010 # on 7/1/2010 # on 8/1/2010
Alaska Red padlock.png Current filings 8 (1/1) 8 8 8 8 8 8
Arizona Red padlock.png Current filings 12 12 13 13 13 19 19
Arkansas Red padlock.png Current filings 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
California (Red padlock.png for June) Current filings 83 (2/1) 93 (2/1) 98[7] 96[8] 96[9]
Colorado Current filings 40 (3) 44 98 98 98 98
Florida Red padlock.png Current filings 49 (3) 49 49 49 49 49 49
Idaho Red padlock.png Current filings 1 1 20 20 20 20 20
IllinoisRed padlock.png Current filings 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
Maine Red padlock.png Current filings 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Massachusetts (Yellow padlock.png for sig deadline)Red padlock.png Current filings 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
Michigan Red padlock.png Current filings 3 4 5 5 5 5 5
Mississippi Red padlock.png Current filings 8 (0) 8 8 8 8 8 8
Missouri Red padlock.png Current filings 31[10] 22[11] 24[10] 23[12] 23[12] 23[12] 23[12]
Montana Red padlock.png Current filings 22 25 25 25 26 26 26
Nebraska Red padlock.png Current filings 2 2 3 3 3 3 3
Nevada Red padlock.png Current filings 4 7 7 8 11 11 11
North Dakota (Red padlock.png for June) Current filings 3 3 6 8 9 9
Ohio Red padlock.png Current filings 7 7 9 10 10 10 10
Oklahoma Current filings 2 2 2 2 2 2
Oregon Red padlock.png Current filings 80 80 80 82 83 83
South Dakota Red padlock.png Current filings 4 4 5 5 5 5 5
Utah Red padlock.png Current filings 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Washington Yellow padlock.png Red padlock.png Current filings 18 25 35 61 77 82
Wyoming Red padlock.png Current filings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total: 424 443[10] 542 571 593

References

  1. Not all states set a deadline by which sponsors must file a copy of a proposed initiative. In states that do not have a deadline by which a sponsor must file a copy of the proposed initiative with elections officials, the only relevant deadline is the signature deadline.
  2. Sponsors of many, and perhaps even most, of the initiatives filed for the 2010 ballot will withdraw or abandon them, in many cases without mounting a serious petition drive.
  3. A separate list of initiatives whose sponsors officially withdrew them is forthcoming. Most initiatives that are destined to fail are not officially withdrawn.
  4. Even if they missed their 2010 deadline, as long as they did have a chance of qualifying for the 2010 ballot.
  5. As evidenced by the fact that the multiple versions were filed by the same sponsor or group of sponsors, and include very similar but not entirely identical language.
  6. See 2010 ballot measures and Potential 2010 ballot measures for information about legislative referrals that have or might qualify for the 2010 ballot.
  7. The number of "filed initiatives" listed in this chart as of April 2, 2010 for California includes 85 that are cleared for circulation, 1 that is pending signature verification, 5 that are known to have failed to qualify, 4 that are pending at the attorney general's office and 3 that have been certified for the ballot (2 for June and 1 for November)
  8. The number of "filed initiatives" listed in this chart as of May 4, 2010 for California includes 71 that are cleared for circulation, 2 that are pending signature verification, 17 that are known to have failed to qualify, 3 that are pending at the attorney general's office and 3 that have been certified for the ballot (2 for June and 1 for November). These figures are as given on the California Secretary of State's website as of May 4, 2010.
  9. According to the California Secretary of State's website as retrieved and read on June 1, 4 initiatives have qualified for the 2010 ballot (2 for the June ballot and 2 for the November ballot), 7 initiatives have had their signatures submitted and are pending verification, 55 are cleared for circulation, 25 are abandoned/withdrawn/missed their deadline, and 3 are pending with the California Attorney General's office where they await the preparation of a ballot title and summary.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 On February 1, 2010 a total of 31 filed initiatives were listed on the Missouri Secretary of State's website. After contacting the secretary of state's office on February 23, 2010 by email it was verified that the state does not list every "initially proposed petition." The list of initiatives provided by the state includes only "2010 Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation in Missouri."
  11. On March 1, 2010 a total of 22 filed initiatives "approved for circulation" were listed on the Missouri Secretary of State's; a lower number than reported in prior months. There is no indication on the state website why the number has decreased; whether it be because initiatives were withdrawn, expired or were duplicates. According to a February 21, 2010 article by the News-Leader an estimated 101 initiatives have been filed since the end of the 2008 November election. On May 2, 2010 the Secretary of State's office verified an estimated 100 initiatives were filed. But these initiative are not listed anywhere that could be viewed online. As a result, we and the general public have no access to them.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 On May 2, 2010 a total of 23 filed initiatives "approved for circulation" were listed on the secretary of state's website; a lower number than previously reported. There is no indication on the state website why the number has decreased; whether it be because initiatives were withdrawn, expired or were duplicates.