Chart of 2012 initiative activity

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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.

Summary

# of initiatives proposed # initiatives certified in 2012  % certified
Totals: 566 63 11.1%

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.

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     Highest percent certified for 2012      0% certified for 2012

I&R State # of initiatives proposed # initiatives certified in 2012  % certified
Alaska 3 2 67%
Arizona 32 2 6%
Arkansas 6 3 50%[1]
California 87 13 7%
Colorado 54 2 4%
Florida 41 0 0%
Idaho 7 3 43%
Maine 6 1 17%
Maryland 3 3 100%
Massachusetts 31 3 10%
Michigan 15 1 7%
Mississippi 6 0 0%
Missouri 80 2 3%
Montana 10 2 20%
Nebraska 10 0 0%
Nevada 9 0 0%
North Dakota 13 3 23%
Ohio 15 1 7%
Oklahoma 4 0 0%
Oregon 45 7 16%
South Dakota 5 3 60%
Washington 84 4 5%
Totals: 137 12 8.76%

See also

References

  1. Two initiatives were placed on the ballot, but due to litigation, results were not tabulated.