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Chart of 2012 initiative activity
In total, there are 26 states with some form of direct democracy. This year, for all measures on the ballot, a total of 17 initiative and referendum states had measures up for a public vote. However, before those measures are placed on the ballot, they must be filed and proposed to their state election officials before they can circulate for signatures.
This means that some initiative efforts can fail in a numerous amount of ways - unconstitutional ballot text, shortage of valid signatures, missed deadlines, etc. For those reasons, not all measures filed make the ballot.
In 2012, a grand total of 566 initiatives were filed with intent to circulate for signature gathering. Of those 566 initiatives, only 63 made it on the ballot. Those 63 include veto referendums. In the findings below, we took a deeper look at the filed initiatives, those that were certified, and the a breakdown of measures that were proposed in each state.
This analysis did not include legislative proposals or referrals to the ballot.
|# of initiatives proposed||# initiatives certified in 2012||% 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 2012 ballots.
|I&R State||# of initiatives proposed||# initiatives certified in 2012||% certified|
- Ballot initiatives filed for the 2012 ballot
- Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
- Petition drive deadlines, 2012
- Two initiatives were placed on the ballot, but due to litigation, results were not tabulated.