Update on 2024 state ballot measure certifications: Eight new measures in the past two weeks

For 2024, 118 statewide ballot measures have been certified for the ballot in 35 states, six more measures than the average (112) 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 ballot measure activity during the past two weeks.

Eight ballot measures were certified in five states—Arizona, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and South Dakota:

Signatures have been submitted and are pending verification for seven initiatives, one in California, one in Idaho, four in Missouri, and one in Nevada.

In Massachusetts, enough signatures were verified for six indirect ballot initiatives for them to appear before state legislatures:

In Massachusetts, initiated state statutes are indirect. This means the legislature had the option to pass the initiatives outright. The legislative deadline was May 1, 2024. As the legislature did not pass any of the initiatives, campaigns must gather a second round of 12,429 signatures by July 3, 2024.

The most recent signature deadline for citizen-initiated ballot measures was May 29, 2024, in Michigan. Signatures were not submitted for any proposed initiatives.

The next signature deadline is June 21, 2024, in Montana. There are seven potential ballot initiatives in Montana, including proposals addressing abortion, electoral systems, and hunting.

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

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