Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count makes the leap to 170 certified measures

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August 17, 2010

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By Bailey Ludlam

Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count continues to change. As reported last week, measures in some states remain pending certification and approval for statewide ballots. According to this week's count, 170 ballot questions in 36 states have been confirmed.

An average of 220 ballot questions have appeared on statewide ballots in even-numbered years from 1990-2008. As the 2010 general election approaches it is increasingly likely that the number of ballot measures on the 2010 ballot will be as much as 23% lower than recent historical averages. Both the number of certified legislative referrals and initiatives have dropped in 2010.

In Alabama, ballot measures for the statewide ballot have been confirmed. The Alabama Constitutional Amendment Committee convened last week to determine which measures would appear on statewide and local ballots. Officially, the southern state will see four measures on it's November 2, 2010 general election ballot. Earlier this year, on June 1, voters voiced their say on one statewide measure - the Propane Amendment. The four measures that will appear on the November ballot include: a measure regarding a local sales tax in Blount County, a road and bridge construction program, a special county education tax amendment, and an amendment regarding ad valorem taxes.

But not all statewide ballots are confirmed just yet. According to the Ballotpedia's Scorecard, three initiatives in two states are currently being reviewed for certification. In Colorado, a proposed health care amendment and a an initiative to amend the criteria for setting bail and type of bond remain pending in the Colorado Secretary of State's office.

Only one initiative remains to be reviewed in North Dakota - a proposed fenced hunting ban initiative. Two initiatives made the North Dakota petition drive deadline, but according to the secretary of state the pharmacy initiative failed to qualify despite surpassing signature requirements because of failure to submit a list of sponsoring committee members with the petition sheets.

Colorado and North Dakota aren't the only state's where November ballots may change in the next couple of weeks; some states are waiting on court rulings and legislature decisions. This week in Arizona Proposition 108, also known as the "Save the Secret Ballot" amendment, returned to the ballot. On August 11 Arizona lawmakers voted for the second time to refer the measure to the ballot after being called together for a special session by Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer. Initially the measure was taken off by a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge in late June.

In Missouri, however, some city officials are looking to block an already certified measure from appearing on the statewide ballot. Last week, on August 13, 2010, Kansas City's attorney Galen Beaufort filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court against Missouri Earnings Tax Initiative, Proposition A. Challengers argue that the proposed measure is unconstitutional and are asking the court to remove the measure from the November 2010 ballot.

In the last couple of months, Florida has seen it's ballot shrink from a total of ten certified measures to seven. On Wednesday, August 18 the Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments regarding a health care amendment. The measure was thrown off the ballot following a court ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge James Shelfer. Shelfer said the measure was misleading and could confuse voters.

Even with all of the looming changes, the Alaska August 24 ballot has not changed. Next week voters will address two statewide issues: publicly funded lobbying and parental notification of abortions.

Stay tuned for up to the minute election results and reports on next week's Alaska vote!

UPCOMING ELECTIONS

See also

2010 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2010 Scorecard
AnalysisIssues on ballot