Update on this year’s and next year’s ballot measure certifications

For 2024, 55 statewide ballot measures have been certified for the ballot in 25 states, which is one less than the average (56) for this point in the election cycle from 2012 to 2022. The average number of statewide ballot measures certified for an even-numbered year during this period was 157.

Here’s an update on the latest ballot measure activity:

In Alaska, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington, initiated state statutes are indirect. This means the initiative is first presented to the state legislature. Legislators have a certain number of days, depending on the state, to adopt the initiative into law. In Michigan and Washington, when legislators take no action or reject the initiative, the initiative is put on the ballot for voters to decide. In Massachusetts, petitioners collect a second round of signatures to place the initiative on the ballot.

In Florida, the process is direct—the initiative goes to the ballot after signature verification and other official actions.

The most recent signature deadline for citizen-initiated ballot measures was Jan. 16, 2024, in Alaska, where signatures were filed for two initiatives.

The next signature deadline is Jan. 29, 2024, in Maine, where signatures could be filed for one initiative related to campaign contribution limits. At least 67,682 valid signatures must be filed.

The following chart shows the number of ballot measures certified across each week of an even-numbered year.


2024 ballot measures