The Tuesday Count: 2013 Pre-election coverage
Edited by Brittany Clingen
The statewide ballots are officially set in six states - Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington - for the general election on November 5, 2013. Going forward throughout the weeks preceding the election, Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count will be providing various reports and analyses of the measures that will appear on the ballot. For ongoing pre-election coverage, please see here.
Measures throughout the years
- See also: 2013 ballot measures
The chart below on the left highlights the number of measures that appeared on the ballot from 2000 through 2013. This includes all citizen initiatives (initiated state statutes, initiated constitutional amendments and veto referendums), legislative referrals (legislatively-referred constitutional amendments and legislatively-referred state statutes), and advisory measures.
2013 turned out to be a year with an unusually low number of measures on the ballot. Historically, elections in odd-numbered years see approximately 45 measures on average, as evidenced by the chart below on the right; there were 34 in 2011. Going back to 1989, the average number of measures on the ballot in an odd-numbered year is slightly over 43, with about 9 states featuring ballot measures. With only 31 statewide measures on the ballot in 6 states, 2013 will have 28 percent fewer measures than the average number.
2013 is also a historically low year for the number of measures that were petitioned onto the ballot. In 2013, there were only three such measures on statewide ballots: Colorado Amendment 66, Washington I-517 and Washington I-522. This compares to an average of 7.1 such measures from 1993 through 2011.
|Year||Initiatives||Legislative referrals||Other measures||TOTAL|
|Year||Number of states with measures||Number of measures on ballot|
Signature collection costs
Signatures had to be collected to qualify each of the three initiatives on the 2013 ballot. Below is a summary of the Cost per Required Signature (CPRS), which is based on how much money was spent by the support campaigns to gather enough signatures to land each measure on the ballot. The "Cost Per Required Signature" metric was used to determine the ultimate costs.
According to Ballotpedia's 2012 CPRS Report, nationally, the most expensive signature collection effort in 2012 was in California, where $10.86 was spent to qualify California Proposition 30 for the ballot. Like Colorado's Amendment 66, California's Proposition 30 was also a tax increase to boost educational funding. The average CPRS in 2012, nationally, was $4.06.
Colorado Amendment 66
- Signatures to qualify Amendment 66 for the ballot were collected by Fieldworks, a paid petition drive management company. Fieldworks received $779,046 for its work collecting signatures.
- The CPRS for Amendment 66 - given that $779,046 was spent on signatures versus a minimum requirement of 86,105 signatures - comes to an astounding $11.05 per required signature.
- In 2012, the average CPRS in Colorado was $1.83.
- Signatures to qualify Initiative 517 for the ballot were collected by various groups, including Peoples Petitioning LLC, Citizens in Charge and American Voter Drives.
- The CPRS for I-517 - given that $305,454 was spent on signatures versus a minimum requirement of 246,372 signatures - comes to $1.24 per required signature.
- In 2012, the average CPRS in Washington was $4.80.
- Signatures to qualify Initiative 522 for the ballot were collected by Peoples Petitions LLC, among other groups.
- The CPRS for I-522 - given that $407,747 was spent on signatures versus a minimum requirement of 246,372 signatures - comes to $1.66 per required signature.
- In 2012, the average CPRS in Washington was $4.80.
Phoenix activists announce the launch of a new initiative to overhaul the city pension system again:Propositions 201 and 202, which established higher employee contributions and a higher age of retirement, were referred to the March 2013 ballot by the city council and overwhelmingly approved by voters. However, a group called Citizens for Pension Reform recently announced that they are beginning circulation of signature petitions to put an initiative before voters that would entirely change the pension system for public employees going forward. The initiative would focus on two things:
- First, it would change the city's retirement system from a defined benefit system, in which retirees are guaranteed payments despite investment performance, to a 401(k) style defined contribution plan, in which the city contributes a set amount and the retiree's benefits depend on his or her own contributions and investment performance.
- Second, it would take steps to put a stop to pension spiking by implementing limits on the pension benefits available to current employees.
Citizens for Pension Reform must collect 25,480 valid, voter signatures to get their initiative on the 2014 ballot, and any one signature cannot be over 6 months old when the petitions are turned in.
| 2013 ballot measures|
|Tuesday Count • 2013 Scorecard|
- Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count for 2013
- 2013 ballot measures & 2014
- Local ballot measure elections in 2013
- Potential 2013 ballot measures & 2014
- Ballotpedia counts initiated state statutes, initiated constitutional amendments and veto referendums as measures that are petitioned onto ballots.
- Expenditure detail, Colorado Commits to Kids, July 1, 2013 report
- Expenditure detail, Colorado Commits to Kids, August 1, 2013 report
- Expenditure detail, Colorado Commits to Kids, September 3, 2013 report
- Expenditure detail, Colorado Commits to Kids, September 16, 2013 report
- Public Disclosure Commission, "Inkind Contributions for: PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON INITIATIVES," accessed October 1, 2013
- Public Disclosure Commission, "Expenditures for Label it WA," accessed October 1, 2013
- Azcentral.com, "Phoenix ballot initiative would overhaul pension system," September 16, 2013
- Pension Reform Task Force Presentation Document
- Ahuwatukee Foothill News, "DiCiccio: Why we need real pension reform — you decide," September 17, 2013
- Laws governing local ballot measures in Arizona