Local ballot measure statistics, 2011

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This page includes a select group of ballot measures (school measures are separate and the statistics for the first half of 2011 can be found here (School approval rates) which were reported in the ten states followed closely by the writer and the pass rates of each category of measure. It should be noted that statistics only reflect those measures which were reported on the site, not every issue made it on the election pages for various reasons.
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County wide measures

The majority of county proposed measures were property tax measures with a total of 141 measures being asked in seven states.

County Property Taxes

See also: List of 2011 county property tax measures

The state of Ohio had the most county property tax measures with a total of 97, 82% of those being approved by voters. Michigan had the second highest amount of property tax measures at 17 proposed and 14 being approved, an approval rating of 82%. Arizona had the lowest approval rating, 0%, but just one county property tax measure was proposed and it was defeated. The other five states had approval rating at 50% or above, Missouri being just at 50% with only 2 county property tax measures proposed in the year.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Arizona 0 1 0%
Colorado 3 2 60%
Michigan 14 3 82%
Missouri 1 1 50%
Ohio 80 17 82%
Oregon 5 2 71%
Washington 9 3 75%
Totals: 112 29 79.4%

County Bond

See also: List of 2011 county bond measures

The majority of county bond measures were defeated with an approval rating of just 27.3% overall. There were just 11 county bond measures proposed in six states, Colorado and Washington had the most measures proposed with 3 each in the two states.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Colorado 0 3 0%
Illinois 1 1 50%
Michigan 0 1 0%
Missouri 1 0 100%
Oregon 0 1 0%
Washington 1 2 0%
Totals: 3 8 27.3%

County Sales Tax

See also: List of 2011 county sales tax measures

There was an even split of county sales tax proposals, 50% approval overall. Washington had the most proposed measures with 6 overall and approval at a rate of 67%. Oregon had the lowest approval, with just one measure being proposed it was defeated. Colorado and Illinois both had approval ratings below 50% as well.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Arizona 1 0 100%
Colorado 1 3 25%
Illinois 1 2 33%
Missouri 3 2 60%
Ohio 2 2 50%
Oregon 0 1 0%
Washington 4 2 67%
Totals: 12 12 50%

City Measures

The majority of city issues dealt with proposed property taxes.

City Property Tax

See also: List of 2011 city property tax measures

Ohio had the most city property taxes overall with a total of 815 measures, 676 of those were approved with an approval rating of 83%. Michigan was the state with the next highest number of measures, 126 total with 100 of those getting approved, 79% approval. Colorado along with Illinois both had approval ratings below 50 percent, 33% with more measures defeated than approved. Florida had all its measures approved, though there were only 3 measures that dealt with city property taxes.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Colorado 1 2 33%
Florida 3 0 100%
Illinois 2 4 33%
Michigan 100 26 79%
Missouri 10 2 83%
Ohio 676 139 83%
Oregon 5 2 71%
Washington 35 7 83%
Totals: 832 182 82.1%

City Sales Tax

See also: List of 2011 city sales tax measures

Only five states reported had city sales tax issued on their ballots over the year, Missouri had the most measures with 21 overall, 16 of which were approved, getting an approval rating of 76%. Washington had the least amount of measures with just 6 on the ballots, though 5 were approved giving way to an approval rating of 83%. All five states had approval ratings above 50%.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 8 4 67%
Colorado 7 5 58%
Illinois 6 1 86%
Missouri 16 5 76%
Washington 5 1 83%
Totals: 42 16 72.4%

City Utility Tax

See also: List of 2011 city utility tax measures

Just three states had city utility measures, only 4 questions were asked overall. Colorado had its one measure approved where as Washington had its one measure defeated. Illinois had an even split of its two measures which were asked.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Colorado 1 0 100%
Illinois 1 1 50%
Washington 0 1 0%
Totals: 2 2 50%

City Bond

See also: List of 2011 city bond measures

All eleven states followed had city bond measures on their ballots during the year. Missouri had the most proposed bond measures with 19 total, 15 of which were approved, an approval rating of 79%. Arizona, Illinois and Washington all had approval ratings at or below 50%, with Arizona having just 2 measures asked and the results being split.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Arizona 1 1 50%
California 1 0 100%
Colorado 7 2 78%
Florida 1 0 100%
Illinois 2 4 33%
Michigan 3 2 60%
Missouri 15 4 79%
Ohio 2 1 67%
Oregon 4 2 67%
Washington 2 3 40%
Wisconsin 1 0 100%
Totals: 39 19 67.4%

Hotel Tax

See also: List of 2011 hotel tax measures

Just two states had hotel taxes on their ballots, both Missouri and Colorado had all their proposed measures approved.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Colorado 2 0 100%
Missouri 3 0 100%
Totals: 5 0 100%

District Property Tax

See also: List of 2011 district property tax measures

Eight states had district property tax measures on their ballots during the year, the most appearing on the ballots of Washington, which had 77 measures, 67 being approved with a total approval of 87%; and Ohio which had 73 measures, 58 being approved with a total overall approval rating of 81%. Only Missouri had an approval rating below 50%, 14 measures were asked an only 5 were approved, an approval rating of just 36% overall.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Arizona 1 0 100%
Colorado 14 8 64%
Illinois 9 8 53%
Michigan 9 2 82%
Missouri 5 9 36%
Ohio 59 14 81%
Oregon 12 3 80%
Washington 67 10 87%
Totals: 176 54 76.5%

Election and Voting

See also: List of 2011 election and voting measures

Eight states had election and voting law measures on their ballots, though just one measure pushed the approval rating ahead of those defeated. Illinois had the most measures with 10 overall, 7 being approved. Colorado and Wisconsin had the lowest approval ratings, none of their proposed measures were approved, followed by California which had 9 measures that were asked and just 3 were approved, an approval rating of 33%.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 3 6 33%
Colorado 0 3 0%
Florida 1 1 50%
Illinois 7 3 70%
Missouri 2 1 67%
Oregon 1 0 100%
Washington 4 1 80%
Wisconsin 0 2 0%
Totals: 18 17 51.4%

Marijuana

See also: List of 2011 marijuana measures

There were four states which had marijuana questions on their ballots, a majority of those measures were approved. Colorado had the most proposed questions, 11 were asked and 7 got approved, an approval rating of 64%. The other three states had all their proposed measures approved by residents.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 2 0 100%
Colorado 7 4 64%
Michigan 1 0 100%
Washington 1 0 100%
Totals: 11 4 73.3%

Charter Amendment

See also: List of 2011 charter amendments

Ten states had charter amendment measures on their ballots, Ohio had the most measures with 170 total, 145 of those were approved leading to an approval rating of 85%. California had the lowest approval rating, just 3 measures were asked and 2 were defeated, an approval rating of just 33%. Florida also had a significant amount of measures proposed, 95 total, 81 of those were approved leading to an approval rating of 85%.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Arizona 9 5 64%
California 1 2 33%
Colorado 30 2 94%
Florida 81 14 85%
Illinois 2 0 100%
Michigan 27 13 68%
Missouri 4 1 80%
Ohio 145 25 85%
Oregon 14 8 64%
Washington 12 9 57%
Totals: 325 79 80.4%

Annexation

See also: List of 2011 annexation measures

Seven states had annexation issues on their ballots, Missouri had the most measures, 17 total and all of them were approved by voters. InMichigan just 1 measures was asked and it was defeated, Washington also had a low voter approval rating, 4 measures were asked and 3 were defeated.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Arizona 1 1 50%
Colorado 1 1 50%
Illinois 5 0 100%
Michigan 0 1 0%
Missouri 17 0 100%
Oregon 3 1 75%
Washington 1 3 25%
Totals: 28 7 80%

Ballot Totals

See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2011

This total count includes school measures in the eleven states followed on the site by the writer. The Michigan results are incomplete as two counties have not yet posted results on their websites for the August 2, 2011 election. Ohio by far has the most measures with a total of 2,095 and approval of those at 75%. Florida had the highest approval rating, 88%, with 105 total measures asked throughout the year; Wisconsin had the lowest approval rating for the year, 55%, with a total of 78 measures having been asked on the various ballots throughout the year.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved 2011 (2010) Defeated 2011 (2010)  % approved 2011 (2010)
Arizona 54 39 58%
California 101 46 69%
Colorado 93 73 56%
Florida 88 17 84%
Illinois 87 62 58%
Michigan 363 126 75%
Missouri 22 13 63%
Ohio 1,577 518 75%
Oregon 57 38 60%
Washington 222 84 73%
Wisconsin 43 35 55%
Totals: 2,707 (1,080) 1,071 (410) 71.7% (72.5%)

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