Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count up by one for 2011 and 2012
By Bailey Ludlam
In only the first months of the circulation and qualification period for 2011 and 2012 ballots both New Jersey and California bumped the tallies by one. According to Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count a total of four measures are certified for 2011. Three measures are scheduled to appear in Mississippi, while at least one measure will be featured in New Jersey.
New Jersey lawmakers said "yes" on December 13 to allow the New Jersey Sports Betting Amendment to appear before voters in 2011. According to the interpretive statement that will appear on the ballot, if voters enact the amendment, bets could be placed on professional, college, or amateur sports or athletic events, but could not be placed on college sports or events that take place in the state, or if a New Jersey college team is playing in that sports event.
If the proposal is passed, there is one more hurdle to clear, a 1992 federal law that restricts sports betting in all but four states in the country must be repealed for legal sports betting to happen. The law placed an exemption for New Jersey, which was allowed to decide if it wanted sports betting, but the Garden State failed to pass a law that would have enacted this, which effectively killed the exemption. State Senator Raymond Lesniak filed a lawsuit that argues that the federal ban is unconstitutional because it treats four states differently than the rest.
Odd-year elections historically feature fewer measures than even-numbered years. Already, the Tuesday Count for 2012 is pulling away. According to the count, California bumped the total to five measures for the 2012 ballot. Following the 2010 fiscal trend, California lawmakers approved the California Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act for voter approval.
According to the current ballot title, the measure proposes increasing the state's "rainy day" fund from 5% to 10% of the General Fund. Additionally, it would require an annual deposit of 3% of general state revenues into the fund, except when revenues drop below last year's budget.
SPOTLIGHT: Upcoming local issues
Levies and bonds, those are the issues at hand in local governments in the states of Missouri, Ohio and Washington on February 8, 2011. Currently, Washington takes the lead with an estimated nine ballot questions in five counties (Chelan, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Yakima). Ohio follows in second with six ballot questions in five counties. Missouri is currently scheduled to have one question regarding a current school district levy in St. Charles County.
The February 8 local elections only mark the beginning of voting in the new year. Elections in various localities across the United States are currently being proposed for February 22, March 8, April 5 and April 26 to name a few.
END OF THE YEAR WRAP UP: a look at 2010
This even-year election had it's fair share of controversies, lawsuits and challenges; some of which remain on-going. After much analysis it can be said with certainty that 2010 was a year about fiscal issues. Taxes, administration of government, bond issues, campaign issues and state budgets reigned as the top 5 political issues of the year.
As part of Ballotpedia's analysis following the November 2, 2010 general election a comprehensive chart was created to take a closer look at election result percentages by political category. Only categories with 5 or more ballot measures on the ballot were included in the analysis.
The highest average margin of defeat was state budgets at 40%, while the highest average margin of victory was found in the hunting category at 56%. The category with both the lowest average margin of defeat and victory was bond issues at a 4% margin of defeat, and an 18% margin of victory. To take a closer look at the breakdown click here.
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