Category: Ballot measures

  • Alabama voters will decide on a constitutional amendment on March 5 to remove restrictions on local legislation

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    Alabama’s March 5 primary election will feature a constitutional amendment, Amendment 1, concerning local legislation. Amendment 1 would remove the budget isolation resolution restriction on local laws and local constitutional amendments, thereby allowing them to be considered before budgets are approved without the 60% supermajority vote requirement. In 1984, Alabama voters approved a constitutional amendment…

  • Ohio state senators introduce bill to prohibit ballot measure contributions from foreign nationals

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    Ohio State Sens. Theresa Gavarone (R-2) and Robert McColley (R-1) introduced the bill, Senate Bill 215 (SB 215), on Jan. 24, 2024. SB 215 would prohibit foreign nationals from making contributions or expenditures regarding ballot measures, including indirectly through another person or entity. Likewise, campaigns would be prohibited from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. Secretary…

  • Update on 2024 ballot measure certifications

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    For 2024, 59 statewide ballot measures have been certified for the ballot in 25 states, which is three less than the average (62) 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…

  • New Mexico State Legislature sends two more constitutional amendments to the November ballot

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    The New Mexico State Legislature voted to send two constitutional amendments to voters in November on Feb. 14. These two constitutional amendments join two others that were certified for the ballot during last year’s legislative session. The new constitutional amendments are Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR 1) and Senate Joint Resolution 16 (SJR 16). SJR…

  • Florida will be the third state to decide on abortion in 2024, pending court review, with ballot measures proposed in 12 other states

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    In Florida, a ballot initiative, Amendment 4, to provide a state constitutional right to abortion qualified for the ballot. Voters will decide the issue, which requires a 60% vote, pending a decision from the Florida Supreme Court. Floridians Protecting Freedom is sponsoring Amendment 4, which would provide a state constitutional right to abortion before viability…

  • San Francisco ballot measure to urge school district to offer algebra to 8th graders will be on March ballot

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    Voters in San Francisco, California, will decide on seven ballot measures on March 5, 2024, including Proposition G, which issues a policy declaration regarding the school district’s mathematics curriculum. Specifically, Proposition G would make it the official policy of San Francisco to encourage the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to offer Algebra 1 to…

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

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    For 2024, 57 statewide ballot measures have been certified for the ballot in 25 states, which is one less than the average (58) 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…

  • Initiatives to provide a constitutional right to abortion and legalize marijuana qualify for the ballot in Florida pending court review

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    In November, voters in Florida will decide on two citizen-initiated ballot measures—Amendment 3 and Amendment 4—pending the state supreme court’s review. Amendment 3 would legalize marijuana, and Amendment 4 would provide a state constitutional right for abortion. To qualify for the ballot, 891,523 valid signatures were required for each initiative. Florida Amendment 3 Amendment 3,…

  • What states allow citizens to initiate ballot measures?

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    In the U.S., 26 states provide for a statewide initiative process, referendum process, or both. Washington, D.C. also has an initiative and referendum process. These types of ballot measures are known as citizen-initiated ballot measures. Conversely, 24 states do not provide for statewide citizen-initiated ballot measures. However, municipal and local governments provide for local initiatives…

  • Signatures verified for all six Let’s Go Washington-sponsored ballot initiatives, which could appear on the ballot in Nov.

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    In Washington, six citizen-initiated ballot measures have been certified to the state Legislature. The ballot initiatives could appear on the ballot on Nov. 5, 2025. Let’s Go Washington, a political action committee (PAC), was formed to sponsor the initiatives. State Rep. Jim Walsh (R-19), who is also chairman of the Washington Republican Party, filed the…