On December 20, Ballotpedia released its year-end analysis of 202 local voting metrics in 27 states in the 100 largest cities and state capitals in the United States. Ballotpedia’s year-end report breaks down metrics by type, state, subject, result, and election date. Here are some highlights from the report:
- There were 202 local metrics on the ballot for voters in the 100 largest cities and state capitals in the United States in 2021.
- 141 (69.8%) were approved and 61 (30.2%) were defeated.
- Ballotpedia covered local voting metrics in 27 states in 2021. Texas (44 metrics – 21.7%), Colorado (21 metrics – 10.4%), and New Mexico (16 metrics – 7.9%) ) were the three states with the most local measures covered.
- Local measures were on the ballot in the top 100 cities and state capitals on 13 different election dates in 2021. November 2 had the highest number of local measures at 137 (67.8%).
- Ballotpedia covered 12 police-related local voting measures in 2021. Seven measures were approved and five were rejected.
- 69 of the local measures were bond issues and 55 were fiscal measures.
- 13 measures were linked to elections, campaigns and voting policy.
- 31 (15.4%) of the measures were measures initiated by citizens and recorded on the ballot paper through signature campaigns. The remaining 171 (84.7%) were returned to the ballot by local legislative bodies, such as county councils, city councils, school boards, special district councils and charter review boards.