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2008 Ballot Measures

Government Operations

 
 

Budget, Spending and Taxes

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Rhode Island Question 1: Transportation Bonds Passed
 
 

Campaign Finance and Elections

Election Date State Title Outcome
Aug. 26, 2008 Alaska Ballot Measure 3: An Act establishing a program of public funding for campaigns for state elected offices, to be known as the Alaska Clean Elections Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Amendment 1: An Amendment Concerning Voting, Qualifications of Voters and Election Officers, and the Time of Holding General Elections Passed
Feb. 5, 2008 California Proposition 93: Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 11: Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Referendum O: Initiative Petition Requirements Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 54: Campaign Contributions from Certain Government Contractors Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Connecticut HJ 21: Voting Age Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Iowa Constitutional Amendment Question: Qualifications of Electors Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Maryland SB 1: Early Voting Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 1: School Board Membership and Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 4: School Elections Held with Non-partisan Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nevada Question 1: Amend Nevada Constitution (Voter Eligibility) Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 1: To Provide for Earlier Filing Deadlines for Statewide Ballot Issues Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 55: Amends Constitution: Changes Operative Date Of Redistricting Plans; Allows Affected Legislators To Finish Term In Original District Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 56: Amends Constitution: Provides that May and November Property Tax Elections are Decided by Majority of Voters Voting Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 54: Amends Constitution: Standardizes Voting Eligibility For School Board Elections With Other State And Local Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 65: Changes General Election Nomination Processes for Major/Minor Party, Independent Candidates for Most Partisan Offices Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 64: Penalizes Person, Entity for Using Funds Collected with Public Resource for Political Purpose Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Initiated Measure 10: South Dakota Open and Clean Government Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment D: Legislative Apportionment Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Wyoming Constitutional Amendment B: Initiative Petition Signatures Passed
 
 

Constitution

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Alabama Statewide Amendment 1: Alabama Rainy Day Amendment 1 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Alabama Statewide Amendment 5: Alabama Russell County Court Costs Amendment 5 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Alabama Statewide Amendment 2: Alabama Shelby County Judicial Commission Amendment 2 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Amendment 3: A Constitutional Amendment Authorizing the General Assembly to Establish, Operate and Regulate State Lotteries to Fund Scholarships and Grants for Arkansas Citizens Enrolled in Certified Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities in Arkansas Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 102: Marriage Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 100: Prohibition of Any New Property Sale or Transfer Tax Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 105: Relating to Initiative Measures and Requiring that Any Mandatory Tax or Spending Increase Be Enacted by a Majority of Qualified Electors Failed
Feb. 5, 2008 California Proposition 93: Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Failed
Feb. 5, 2008 California Proposition 91: Transportation Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 8: Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 11: Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 4: Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Constitutional Amendment. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Referendum L: Age Qualification for Serving in General Assembly Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 59: Education Funding and TABOR Rebates Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Referendum N: Elimination of Obsolete Constitutional Provisions Regarding Intoxicating Liquor Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 52: Use of Severance Tax Revenue for Highways Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 46: Discrimination and Preferential Treatment by the State Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 56: Employer Responsibility for Health Insurance Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Connecticut Constitutional Convention Question: Constitutional Convention Question Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Connecticut HJ 21: Voting Age Passed
Jan. 29, 2008 Florida Amendment 1: Property Tax Exemptions; Limitations on Property Tax Assessments Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Florida Constitutional Amendment 1: Relating to Property Rights/Ineligible Aliens Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Georgia Amendment 2: To authorize local school districts to use tax funds for community redevelopment purposes. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Georgia Amendment 3: To authorize the creation of special Infrastructure Development Districts providing infrastructure to underserved areas. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Georgia Amendment 1: To encourage the preservation of Georgia's forests through a conservation use property tax reduction program. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Hawaii Constitutional Amendment: Amendment Age Qualification for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Hawaii Constitutional Convention Question: Constitutional Convention Question Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Iowa Constitutional Amendment Question: Qualifications of Electors Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Illinois Constitutional Convention: Constitutional Convention Question Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 2: Convening of a Special Session of the Legislature Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 4: Increase in Severance Tax on Natural Resources to Certain Parishes Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 6: Remove Restrictions on Disposition of Blighted Property Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 7: Retirement Fund Investment Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 3: Temporary Succession of a Legislator Called to Active Duty in the Armed Services of the United States Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 5: Transfer of the Special Assessment Level to New Property Purchased to Replace Expropriated Property Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1: English as the Official Language Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Montana Constitutional Amendment 44: Allow Up To 25 Percent of Certain Public Funds to be Invested in Private Corporate Capital Stock Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nebraska Initiative Measure 424: Affirmative Action Ban Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nebraska Proposed Amendment 1: Changing the Powers of Municipalities Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Jersey Public Question 2: Provides that Method of Selection and Appointment of Certain Municipal Court Judges Be Set by Statute Rather Than by the Constitution Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Jersey Public Question 1: Voters to Approve State Authority Bonds Payable from State Appropriations Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 3: Confirmation of Heads of Cabinet Level Departments and Agencies Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 5: Filling a Vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor's Office Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 2: Midterm Salary Increases for County Officers Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 1: School Board Membership and Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 4: School Elections Held with Non-partisan Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nevada Question 2: Eminent Domain Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 6: To Amend the Constitution by Initiative Petition for a Casino Near Wilmington in Southwest Ohio and Distribute to all Ohio a Tax on the Casino Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 3: To Amend the Constitution to Protect Private Property Rights in Ground Water, Lakes and Other Watercourses Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 2: To Authorize the State to Issue Bonds to Continue the Clean Ohio Program for Environmental Revitalization and Conservation Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 1: To Provide for Earlier Filing Deadlines for Statewide Ballot Issues Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oklahoma State Question 741: Property Tax Exemption Application Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oklahoma State Question 735: Property Tax Exemption for Injured Veterans Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oklahoma State Question 742: Right to Hunt, Trap, Fish and Take Game and Fish Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oklahoma State Question 743: Wine Sales Passed
May 20, 2008 Oregon Measure 52: Amends Constitution: Enables Crime Victims to Enforce Existing Constitutional Rights in Prosections, Delinquency Proceedings Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 62: Amends Constitution: Allocates 15% of Lottery Proceeds to Public Safety Fund for Crime Prevention, Investigation, Prosecution Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 55: Amends Constitution: Changes Operative Date Of Redistricting Plans; Allows Affected Legislators To Finish Term In Original District Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 56: Amends Constitution: Provides that May and November Property Tax Elections are Decided by Majority of Voters Voting Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 54: Amends Constitution: Standardizes Voting Eligibility For School Board Elections With Other State And Local Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 1: Age of Consent Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 2b: Independent Trusts for Public Employee Pension Plans Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 2a: Public Employee Pension Plans Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Constitutional Amendment J: Eliminate term limits for legislators Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Constitutional Amendment I: Provide for a maximum of forty legislative days each year. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Constitutional Amendment H: Repeal certain provisions of the State Constitution relating to corporations. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Constitutional Amendment G: Repeal certain reimbursement restrictions for travel by legislators to and from a legislative session. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment D: Legislative Apportionment Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment C: Legislative Sessions (SJR 12) Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment B: Resolution Regarding Permanent State Trust Fund Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment A: Resolution Revising Executive Officer Succession Provisions Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment E: Stock and Bond Subscriptions Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Wyoming Constitutional Amendment B: Initiative Petition Signatures Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Wyoming Constitutional Amendment A: Oath of Office Passed
 
 

Executive Branch

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Hawaii Constitutional Amendment: Amendment Age Qualification for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 3: Confirmation of Heads of Cabinet Level Departments and Agencies Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 5: Filling a Vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor's Office Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment A: Resolution Revising Executive Officer Succession Provisions Passed
 
 

Federal, State and Local Relations

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Alabama Statewide Amendment 4: Alabama Blount County Annexation Amendment 4 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Georgia Amendment 2: To authorize local school districts to use tax funds for community redevelopment purposes. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nebraska Proposed Amendment 1: Changing the Powers of Municipalities Failed
 
 

Government Operations

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Alabama Statewide Amendment 6: Alabama Utilities in Tuskegee Amendment 6 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 49: Allowable Government Paycheck Deductions Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Hawaii Constitutional Amendment: Amendment Age Qualification for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Illinois Constitutional Convention: Constitutional Convention Question Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 1: Term Limits for Members of Certain Boards and Commissions Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1: English as the Official Language Passed
June 10, 2008 North Dakota Constitutional Measure 1: Appointment of Legislators to State Office Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 North Dakota Statutory Measure 4: Workforce Safety and Insurance Agency Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Jersey Public Question 2: Provides that Method of Selection and Appointment of Certain Municipal Court Judges Be Set by Statute Rather Than by the Constitution Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 3: Confirmation of Heads of Cabinet Level Departments and Agencies Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 5: Filling a Vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor's Office Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 2: Midterm Salary Increases for County Officers Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nevada Question 2: Eminent Domain Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 55: Amends Constitution: Changes Operative Date Of Redistricting Plans; Allows Affected Legislators To Finish Term In Original District Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 64: Penalizes Person, Entity for Using Funds Collected with Public Resource for Political Purpose Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Initiated Measure 10: South Dakota Open and Clean Government Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment C: Legislative Sessions (SJR 12) Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment A: Resolution Revising Executive Officer Succession Provisions Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Wyoming Constitutional Amendment B: Initiative Petition Signatures Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Wyoming Constitutional Amendment A: Oath of Office Passed
 
 

Judicial Branch

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Alabama Statewide Amendment 2: Alabama Shelby County Judicial Commission Amendment 2 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Jersey Public Question 2: Provides that Method of Selection and Appointment of Certain Municipal Court Judges Be Set by Statute Rather Than by the Constitution Failed
May 20, 2008 Oregon Measure 53: Amends Constitution: Modifies Provisions Governing Civil Forfeitures Related To Crimes; Permits Use Of Proceeds By Law Enforcement Passed
 
 

Legislative Branch

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Alabama Statewide Amendment 5: Alabama Russell County Court Costs Amendment 5 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Amendment 2: An Amendment Providing that Appropriation Bills Are Valid for One Fiscal Year; to Require the General Assembly to Meet in Fiscal Session during Even-Numbered Years; and to Set Length of Sessions Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 300: State Legislators' Salaries Failed
Feb. 5, 2008 California Proposition 93: Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 11: Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Referendum L: Age Qualification for Serving in General Assembly Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 2: Convening of a Special Session of the Legislature Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 3: Temporary Succession of a Legislator Called to Active Duty in the Armed Services of the United States Passed
June 10, 2008 North Dakota Constitutional Measure 1: Appointment of Legislators to State Office Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nevada Question 4: Amends the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 to Authorizing the Legislature to Comply with Federal Law or Interstate Agreements Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 55: Amends Constitution: Changes Operative Date Of Redistricting Plans; Allows Affected Legislators To Finish Term In Original District Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Constitutional Amendment J: Eliminate term limits for legislators Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Constitutional Amendment I: Provide for a maximum of forty legislative days each year. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Constitutional Amendment G: Repeal certain reimbursement restrictions for travel by legislators to and from a legislative session. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment D: Legislative Apportionment Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Utah Constitutional Amendment C: Legislative Sessions (SJR 12) Passed
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