Voters in nine states will decide a total of 27 statewide ballot measures in 2017. This is the lowest total since 1947.
Thirty years ago, there were 78 statewide ballot measures. Twenty years ago, there were 44. Ten years ago, there were 45. Over the last five odd-year election cycles, there have never been more than 34 such measures. Even-year election cycles consistently see more measures added to the ballot.
Just four of this year’s statewide ballot measures were put on the ballot by voter initiative. The rest were either put on the ballot by a state legislature or triggered by state law.
Twenty-two of this year’s initiatives will be decided on Nov. 7, 2017. Four will be held in October, and one took place in June. See more about the 2017 ballot measures here.
An earlier Number of the Day noted that the vast majority of spending on such measures was concentrated on just four measures.
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