Statewide ballots for the Nov. 2 election are coming into focus. The only way the total count will change at this point is if a court intervenes to remove a question from a statewide ballot.
In 36 states,155 measures have qualified for the November ballot, and another 24 measures have already appeared on primary and special election ballots.
Historical trends are not holding true this year, with the number of citizen initiatives topping out at just 42. Typically the total number of statewide ballot measures ends up in the neighborhood of 200, with around half of the total made up of citizen initiatives.
In this edition of The Buzz at State Legislatures Magazine, NCSL's elections policy analyst Jennie Bowser, gives us a preview of the measures voters will see on the ballot, any themes among them and what issues voters need to keep their eyes on.
Our Prop*50 blog covers all of the latest ballot measure news from all 50 states. In addition, NCSL's StateVote website will keep you up to date on the critical 2010 election. You can see a state-by-state look at party control of legislatures, state government and governors' seats on our interactive maps. You also can get a nationwide view of ballot measures and breakdowns on some of the pivotal issues voters will decide on election day.