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The election held on November 8 hosted a fair number of measures on local ballots.
In Arizona, nine counties had information posted on their election sites about measures on their ballots. There was a total of 59 measures reported, and of those, only 25 were approved - an approval rating of just 42.3% overall. There were 47 total measures that were about school issues. 29 of those measures were defeated for an approval rating of 38.3%.
In California, a total of twenty-four counties posted election information and listed 90 measures voted on by residents. Of those 90 measures, 62 were approved by voters; leading to an approval rating of 68.9% overall. Of those, 15 dealt with school parcel taxes and bonds, 11 of the school measures were approved leading to an approval rating of 73.3%.
In Florida, five counties posted election information on their websites with a total of 21 measures being voted on. Of those 21 measures, 14 were approved for a 66.7% overall approval rating.
In Michigan, forty-one counties had election information posted, 172 measures were decided and of those 120 were approved; an approval rating of 69.8%. Of those, 50 measures dealt with school bond and tax issues, 33 were approved with an approval rating of 66%.
In Missouri, just nine counties posted information about the election, a total of 14 measures were voted on and 9 of those were approved for a 64.3% approval rating. Only 1 measure dealt with a school tax. It was defeated.
In Oregon there were thirteen counties which posted election information resulting in a total of 43 measures voted on by residents. Of those 43 measures, 31 were approved, an approval rating of 72.1%. There were just 3 measures that dealt with school issues, all three of them were defeated.
In Washington, there were thirty counties which posted information on their websites about the November election, 122 measures in total were voted on. Of those 122 measures, 83 were approved, an approval rating of 68%. There were just 6 school measures on the ballots, of those 4 were approved, an approval rating of 66.7%.
In Wisconsin, there were just elev counties with 16 measures posted, all 16 measures were school issues. Of those 16, 8 were approved, 50% approval rating.
The election results for Ohio will be posted in the next week.
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School bond and tax votes
Washington State is one of eleven states that has a debt limit protected by the Washington Constitution. Washington mandates that school districts can only take in one percent for general debt and up to five percent for capital outlays without voter approval. Washington State requires a election for all bond issues exceeding three-eights of one percent of taxable property. School districts are treated equally with other units of municipal government in the state's bond issue laws. Bond issues can be used for capital improvements and new construction only. School districts cannot use bonds to retire debt or fund other obligations.
- See also: Laws governing recall in Washington
The citizens of Washington are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Sections 33 and 34 of Article I of the Washington State Constitution to all elective officers of the state of Washington except judges of courts of record.
A petition for recall must include a specified number of valid signatures from registered voters determined as a percentage of total votes cast for all candidates who ran for the office in the most recent election contest. This amounts to:
- 25 percent for state officers, other than judges, senators and representatives; city officers of cities of the first class; school district boards in cities of the first class; county officers in counties of the first, second and third classes,
- 35 percent for officers of all other political subdivisions, cities, towns, townships, precincts, and school districts not otherwise mentioned; and state senators and representatives.
The Spokane County government is looking to change the way initiatives are conducted in their county. One proposed change is that a city attorney would instead write the ballot question that would appear, instead of those petitioning for the initiative. Another proposed change would be that the title of the proposed measure would have to be approved before signatures could be collected. Opponents say this would not give enough time to collect signatures, but the city said they would be allowed 12 months to collect in case the name approval took a while. Supports say that this process is based on the state's process and would rather clarify the issues and ensure ballot language is clear for all voters to understand. Opponents state that the city writing the language of the measure would introduce a bias, but city council members feel it would rather help not hinder the process.
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