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May 17, 2010


By Al Ortiz

As shown in Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count, there are currently 117 measures in 34 states that have so far qualified for the ballot. However, with those 117 ballot measures comes a plethora of political issues that voters will decide on in their respective special, primary and general elections. As of May 18, 2010, there are a total of 39 political categories that Ballotpedia has filed these measures under. The categories vary from advisory questions to bond issues to marijuana to veterans affairs.

According to Ballotpedia's categorization of the certified measures on this year's ballots, the issue with the second most measures filed under that political topic was a tie between administration of government and bond issue measures. Administration of government ballot measures includes a wide range of measures that relate to matters such as the location of state capitols, choices about political subdivisions, requirements for governments to take on activities they had previously eschewed, decisions about daylight savings time and so on.

A bond issue as it applies to statewide ballots is when that state government places a question before the voters as a ballot measure, asking them to approve or deny additional proposed spending.

The issue with the most measures is the category of taxes, which has a whopping 20 ballot measures on the ballot in 15 states. Ballotpedia includes all taxes in this category, such as property, sales, transit or income taxes, etc. Among those measures include the two Oregon tax increase veto referenda that were voted on in a January 26, 2010 special election.

Other political issues that had the most ballot measures filed under them included:

See also

2010 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2010 Scorecard
AnalysisIssues on ballot