Ballot initiatives filed for the 2012 ballot

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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 2012 Tuesday Count
  • Initiatives that were filed in states with a rolling petition deadline that might still qualify for the 2013 ballot or 2014 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 2012 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 # on 9/1/2011 # on 10/1/2011 # on 11/1/2011 # on 12/1/2011 # on 1/1/2012 # on 2/1/2012 # on 3/1/2012 # on 4/1/2012
Red padlock.png Alaska Current filings 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3
Arizona Current filings 6 17 17 17 19 20 20 21
Arkansas Current filings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[7]
California Current filings 36 40 56 84 86 87 87 87
Colorado Current filings 36 36 36 36 51 52 52 52
Red padlock.png Florida Current filings 41 39 41 41 41 41 41 41
Idaho Current filings 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7
Illinois Current filings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Red padlock.png Maine Current filings 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6
Maryland Current filings 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3
Massachusetts Current filings 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31
Michigan Current filings 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 11
Mississippi Current filings 3 2 5 5 5 6 6 6
Missouri Current filings 37 39 42 30[8] 39 56 73 80
Montana Current filings 6 7 9 9 9 9 10 10
Nebraska Current filings 6 6 6 6 7 7 9 10
Nevada Current filings 6 9 9 12[9] 3[10] 5 5 9
New Mexico Current filings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Dakota Current filings 2 2 2 2 4 5 7 8
Ohio Current filings 3 3 4 8 9 11 12 15
Oklahoma Current filings 0 1 3 3 3 3 3 4
Oregon Current filings 24 24 27 27 43 43 44 44
Red padlock.png South Dakota Current filings 2 4 5 5 5 5 5 5
Red padlock.pngUtah Current filings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Washington Current filings 28[11] 30[11] 30[11] 30[11] 35[11] 44[11] 44[11] 44[11]
Red padlock.png Wyoming Current filings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total: 274 308 343 369 415 451 476 497

See also

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 2012 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 2012 deadline, as long as they did have a chance of qualifying for the 2012 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 2012 ballot measures and Potential 2012 ballot measures for information about legislative referrals that have or might qualify for the 2012 ballot.
  7. Filings have not yet been made public
  8. In December 2011 a total of 30 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.
  9. Petitions listed for 2012 were grouped with 2010 filings since 2010 filings attempted to gain ballot access in 2012
  10. Nevada Secretary of State revised previous list, with new list showing only three proposals filed.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 These proposals reflect initiatives the legislature, also known as indirect initiated state statute or Initiative to the People. No initiatives to the people or initiated state statutes have yet been filed for 2012. Initiatives to the legislature