Reviewing the top 15 ballot measures of 2021

Welcome to the Thursday, November 11, Brew. 

By: David Luchs

Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:

  1. Results for Ballotpedia’s top 15 ballot measures to watch in 2021
  2. Recall of San Francisco district attorney makes ballot as mayor endorses recall of three school board members
  3. Don’t miss our Donor Disclosure webinar!

Results for Ballotpedia’s top 15 ballot measures to watch in 2021

This year, Ballotpedia has tracked 195 ballot measures appearing before voters, including 39 statewide ballot measures and 156 local ballot measures.

With election week behind us, we thought we’d check back on the nine statewide and six local ballot measures we identified as the top 15 on last Tuesday’s ballot.

Statewide ballot measures

Of the 39 measures appearing on statewide ballots this year, 24 were on the ballot Nov. 2. Of the 15 measures, six were approved and nine were defeated.

The measures we tracked, and the final results, can be found in the following table:

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Recall of San Francisco district attorney makes ballot as mayor endorses recall of three school board members

An election to recall San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will take place on June 7, 2022, the city director of elections announced Tuesday. To get the recall on the ballot, supporters had 161 days to collect 51,325 valid signatures.

Supporters of the recall say Boudin’s approach to law enforcement since being elected in 2019 has contributed to increased crime rates and a decline in public safety. Boudin said his policy changes were necessary first steps in reforming the criminal justice system and that the recall was politically motivated.

This is the second attempt to recall Boudin; an effort earlier this year failed after supporters fell short of the signature goal, collecting an estimated 49,600 signatures.

Also Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed endorsed a recall targeting three members of the school board. The recall accuses board members Gabriela López, Alison Collins, and Faauuga Moliga of keeping schools closed for too long during the COVID-19 pandemic and of spending board time voting on renaming 44 different schools rather than discussing a reopening plan. That recall will take place on Feb. 15, 2022.

In the first half of 2021, Ballotpedia tracked 164 recall efforts against 262 officials. This was the most recall efforts we tracked in the first half of any year since 2016, when we had tracked 189 recall efforts against 265 officials. For the first time since 2015, school board members drew more recall petitions than any other group, accounting for 48% of all officials targeted for recall. So far, four recall efforts have been scheduled for the ballot in 2022.

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Don’t miss our Donor Disclosure and Privacy webinar!

Next Wednesday, Nov. 17, Ballotpedia will host a webinar with our Disclosure Digest Team. In this free briefing, the team will catch you up on statutory trends and review the arguments surrounding donor disclosure and privacy.

Donor disclosure and privacy policies dictate what nonprofits must disclose about their donors, and to whom they must make those disclosures. Following a discussion of the legislative trends, our team takes an in-depth look at the main arguments in this policy area.

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About the author

David Luchs

David Luchs is a staff writer at Ballotpedia. Contact us at editor@ballotpedia.org.