Chart of 2010 initiative activity
|# of initiatives proposed||# initiatives certified in 2010||% certified|
Proposed - initiative activity
NOTE: Proposed citizen initiatives and certified initiatives are listed in the chart below. The chart highlights the number of citizen proposed initiatives that circulated petitions but missed the deadline or state petition requirements; if any proposals faced legal challenges; if no petition activity was reported by the state or media; if proposals were withdrawn or if initiative efforts were redirected toward future ballots. Finally, the chart reveals the total number of initiatives that were certified to ballots in 2010.
However, some initiatives were counted in more than one category. In some situations, initiatives faced legal challenges during the petition process but was allowed to continue circulating petitions and still didn't qualify for the ballot. In those cases the initiatives would be marked under both "petition deadline/requirements missed" and "legal challenges."
If instead the initiative was certified following a legal challenge, it was marked under both "legal challenges" and "total # of initiatives certified." (Legal challenges after certification are NOT counted under "legal challenges.")
Each column total should be individually compared to the total number of initiatives proposed and the number of initiatives certified due to the above stated reasons.
|I&R State||# proposed||Petition deadline/requirements missed||Legal challenges||Withdrawn/expired||Attempt at future ballot||Rejected by SOS||# certified|
Outcome - certified initiatives
NOTE: The chart below specifically details the number of proposed initiatives per state and the number/percentage of successfully certified initiatives for 2010 ballots.
|I&R State||# of initiatives proposed||# initiatives certified in 2010||% certified|
- Ballot initiatives filed for the 2010 ballot
- Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
- Petition drive deadlines, 2010
- The Ohio Slot Machines Veto Referendum (2010) is included in the count because it was certified for the ballot, however it was later withdrawn by supporters.
- This category includes all citizen proposed initiatives that filed with the state an "intent to circulate."
- Initiatives marked under this category filed initiatives with state officials but missed the petition deadline and/or state petition requirements.
- Initiatives in this category faced legal challenges during circulation or at the time of petition filings. This category does not include legal challenges filed after certification.
- Some states allow for a rolling petition deadline which allows for initiatives filed in 2010 to redirect efforts to qualify for the 2011 or 2012 ballot.
- This means that the initiative was filed with the Secretary of State or Attorney General, but was rejected for circulation.
- Dozens of California initiatives whose sponsors filed their measures with election officials in early 2010 did not qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot but might still qualify for a statewide election in 2012. This is because when a proposed initiative is given its official ballot title and summary, it is also given a 150-day window for collection of signatures. If initiative sponsors collect sufficient signatures within their 150-day window and turn them in too late to qualify for the November 2010 bllot, their initiative will go on the ballot in a future year.
- Since Florida has a rolling signature deadline with a four-year window within which signatures may be collected, supporters of the nearly 50 filed initiatives can still continue to collect signatures in the hopes of qualifying for the ballot in a future year. Approximately 28 initiatives did not file signatures in 2010. However, none of the proposed initiatives have indicated efforts towards a future ballot.
- A total of 23 initiatives were approved for circulation. The list of initiatives on the state election website showed fluctuated throughout the year, however, 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.