Ballot Measures to Watch

Economic Ballot Measures to Watch

StateBallot Measure NumberBallot Measure Description
AlaskaBallot Measure 1Ballot Measure 1 would amend some of Alaska’s oil tax law for large North Slope oil fields, increasing taxes on Alaska’s largest oil producers and providing increased revenue to the state and Alaskans.
ArizonaProp 208Prop 208 is expected to raise hundreds-of-millions of dollars to fund K-12 education through a 3.5% surcharge on taxable income for individuals who make over $250,000 per year or couples who make more than $500,000 per year.
CaliforniaProp 15 Prop 15 increases funding for public schools, community colleges, and local government services by changing the tax assessment for commercial and industrial property, requiring that commercial and industrial property be taxed based on current market value.
CaliforniaProp 21Prop 21 would allow California cities to pass rent control measures on almost all rental housing, if it’s more than 15 years old.
CaliforniaProp 22Prop 22 would exempt large app-based companies like Uber, Lyft and Doordash, from having to hire drivers as employees, which means drivers would lose benefits like sick leave, healthcare, and unemployment.
ColoradoProp 118Prop 118 would provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for yourself, an ill family member or a new child.
ColoradoProp 116 Proposition 116 will permanently reduce state income tax from 4.63% to 4.55%. Proposition 116 will result in $2 Billion in spending being eliminated in the first ten years. These cuts will likely come in the form of permanent cuts to K-12, higher education, healthcare and transportation.
ColoradoProp 117Proposition 117 will make the creation and use of enterprise funds, used for funding critical needs like transportation, universities, environmental programs, state parks and health care much harder. 
ColoradoAmendment BThis measure would repeal the piece of the 1982 Gallagher Amendment that limits residential property taxes to 45% of the total property tax base statewide. Removing the limit on property taxes will result in added revenue to be spent on schools, libraries, first responders, and more. 
FloridaAmendment 2Amendment 2 would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026.
IllinoisAllow for Graduated Income Tax AmendmentThis amendment would change the Illinois state constitution to eliminate the requirement that Illinois tax income at a single rate, allowing instead for higher rates for higher incomes and lower rates for people with low and moderate incomes. Taxes will be increased on those who make more than $250,000 per year. This amendment will raise more than $3 billion a year for state and local government, schools, and human services.
NebraskaInitiative 428Initiative 428 would cap interest rates on payday loans at 36%. Currently, the average interest rate for a payday loan in Nebraska is 404%.
OregonMeasure 108Measure 108 would increase taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and premium cigars, bringing Oregon’s taxes on cigarettes in line with Washigton and California. The 160 million raise would go to the Oregon Health Authority to pay for the treatment of sick people, including those with mental illness.
WashingtonSenate Joint Resolution 8212This legislatively referred constitutional amendment would allow funds in the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Account to be invested to help ensure payment of benefits to eligible Washingtonians for their long-term care.

Reproductive Rights + Sexual Health
Ballot Measures to Watch

StateBallot Measure NumberBallot Measure Description
Colorado Prop 115Proposition 115 bans abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy by establishing criminal penalties for medical professionals who provide this care, including fines and suspension of their license for three years. This 22-week abortion ban would force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term with zero exceptions for health or individual circumstances – even in cases of rape, risks to the woman’s health, or a lethal fetal diagnosis.
Louisiana Amendment 1 Amendment 1 would ban abortion in the Louisiana state constitution. This amendment would pave the way to ban abortion in Louisiana, with no exceptions, including rape or incest.
WashingtonReferendum 90This referendum will uphold and approve Washington state’s law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students. The measure does allow students to be excused at their parents’ request.

Democracy + Elections
Ballot Measures to Watch

StateBallot Measure NumberBallot Measure Description
AlabamaAmendment 1Amendment 1 would amend the Alabama state constitution to say that “only a U.S. citizen can vote”. This is already the case in Alabama and around the country. 
AlaskaBallot Measure 2Ballot Measure 2 requires persons and entities that contribute more than $2,000 that were themselves derived from donations, contributions, dues, or gifts to disclose the true sources (as defined in law) of the political contributions. It replaces partisan primaries with open top-four primaries for state executive, state legislative, and congressional offices; and establishes ranked-choice voting for general elections, including the presidential election, in which voters would rank the candidates.
ArkansasIssue 3This legislatively referred constitutional amendment would increase geographic distribution requirements, shorten the deadline for petitioners to collect signatures and make other restrictive changes to the initiative process in Arkansas.
CaliforniaProp 17Restores voting rights upon completion of a prison term to people who have been disqualified from voting while serving in prison.
CaliforniaProp 18Prop 18 amends the California state constitution to allow 17-year-olds to vote in Primary and Special Elections if they turn 18 by the next General Election.
ColoradoAmendment 76Amendment 76 would amend the Colorado state constitution to say that “only a U.S. citizen can vote.” This is already the case in Colorado and around the country. 
ColoradoProp 113Supports Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state’s nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote if states representing at least 270 Electoral College votes adopt the compact.
FloridaAmendment 1This amendment provides that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election.
FloridaAmendment 3Florida’s Amendment 3 would create a Top Two Primary system in Florida, allowing all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, governor, and cabinet regardless of political party affiliation. 
Florida Amendment 4This amendment requires voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective. 
IowaConstitutional Convention QuestionThis question asks voters whether or not Iowa should hold a constitutional convention. If the measure is approved, a constitutional convention must be held. Any changes to the constitution proposed by the convention must be ratified by a majority vote of the electors at a statewide election.
MassachusettsQuestion 2Question 2 would enact ranked-choice voting (RCV) for primary and general elections for state executive officials, state legislators, federal congressional representatives, and certain county offices.
Mississippi Ballot Measure 2Remove electoral vote requirement and establish runoffs for gubernatorial and state office elections
MissouriAmendment 1Amendment 1 would limit the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, and attorney general to two terms of office in a lifetime. As of 2019, the state constitution limited the governor and state treasurer to two terms of office in a lifetime but not the other executive offices.
MissouriAmendment 3Amendment 3 would repeal most of the provisions of the “Clean Missouri” Amendment passed by a 2-1 margin by Missouri voters in 2018, eliminating the requirement that state legislative maps be drawn based on total population, and removing the new requirement that voting districts be drawn by an independent state demographer, rather than politicians. Amendment 3 would also take away the right of Missourians to challenge gerrymandering in federal court.
MississippiBallot Measure 2This legislatively referred constitutional amendment would remove a Jim Crow era voting provision that requires an electoral vote in Mississippi’s House of Representatives for Governor. Currently, if no candidate wins statewide and wins all of Mississippi’s House Districts, the Mississippi House of Representatives selects the winner. The November ballot measure would instead mean that Governor’s are elected by a majority vote in the General Election.
NevadaQuestion 4This constitutional amendment would enshrine the state’s current statute, “Declaration of Voters’ Rights”, into the state constitution.
North DakotaConstitutional Measure 2This legislatively referred constitutional amendment restricts direct democracy by requiring that citizen initiated measures that pass go to the subsequent legislature for approval, and if the measure is not approved in the legislature, it must go to the ballot a second time for approval. 
New JerseyPublic Question 3This question would allow modification to the redistricting schedule in the New Jersey Legislature should census results be delayed.
North DakotaBallot Measure 2Requires initiated constitutional amendments passed by voters to be submitted to the legislature; if the legislature does not approve the measure, the measure would need to be placed on the ballot again, and will become effective if approved by the voters a second time.
OregonMeasure 107This legislatively referred constitutional amendment would allow state and local governments to enact campaign finance laws, such as campaign contribution limits and disclosure laws. 
VirginiaRedistricting Commission AmendmentThis legislatively referred constitutional Amendment would create a 16-member Redistricting Commission responsible for establishing Virginia’s U.S. House of Representatives districts and House and Senate districts of the Virginia General Assembly. The commission would be composed of eight legislative members and eight citizen members.

Racial Justice
Ballot Measures to Watch 

StateBallot Measure NumberBallot Measure Description
AlabamaAmendment 4Amendment 4 prohibits any substantive changes in the Constitution, but would remove racist language, duplication and delete provisions that are no longer legal.
CaliforniaProp 16Prop 16 would permit government policies to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in order to address diversity. It would repeal Prop 209 which banned affirmative action in California.
MississippiMeasure 3Ballot measure 3 will ask voters to approve or reject a proposed design for the new state flag. The former state flag was the last in the nation to feature the Confederate battle flag.
NebraskaAmendment 1Amendment 1 is a constitutional amendment that would remove a provision in the Nebraska state constitution that still allows slavery as punishment for the conviction of a crime. This is both a racial justice and criminal legal reform measure.
Rhode IslandQuestion 1Amends the Rhode Island Constitution to remove “Providence Plantations” from the official state name.
UtahAmendment CAmendment C is a constitutional amendment that would remove a provision in the Utah state constitution that still allows slavery as punishment for the conviction of a crime. This is both a racial justice and criminal legal reform measure.

Criminal Legal System Reform
Ballot Measures to Watch

StateBallot Measure NumberBallot Measure Description
CaliforniaProp 17Restores voting rights upon completion of a prison term to people who have been disqualified from voting while serving in prison.
CaliforniaProp 25Prop 25 is a veto referendum that would repeal an existing CA law that replaces a cash-only bail system with a system that is based on public safety and flight risk assessments. Prop 25 would mean that those without the monetary means to “post bail” could have the opportunity to await trial outside of jail. A “Yes” vote approves the no-cash bail law that was passed.
MichiganProposal 2Proposal 2 is a legislatively referred constitutional amendment that would require the government to obtain a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or communications.
OklahomaState Question 805SQ 805 is a criminal legal reform that would end “repeat sentence penalties,” or the practice of adding years to a person’s prison sentence for a nonviolent offense because they had a prior nonviolent conviction. If SQ 805 passes, people who are convicted of nonviolent crimes could be sentenced up to the maximum allowable time in prison for the current crime, but would not receive additional time in prison because of their past convictions.
OregonMeasure 110The Drug Addiction and Treatment Recovery Act would prioritize treatment and recovery over criminal punishment for low-level offenders.

Additional Ballot Measures
BISC is Watching

StateBallot Measure NumberBallot Measure Description
ArizonaProp 207Prop 207, also known as the Smart and Safe Act, would legalize recreational use of marijuana adults 21 and older in Arizona. The revenue raised from a 16% tax on cannabis would be directed to enforce cannabis regulations, fund community colleges, police and fire departments, as well as a highway and a justice fund.
MississippiMS Ballot Measure 1: Initiative 65 & 65-A (Alternative)These measures are two versions of an amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi. Initiative 65 is a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment and 65-Alternative was placed on the ballot by the state legislature. Voters first have to vote as to whether they want to pass “either” measure or “neither” measure. And then, regardless of their answer to the first question, they must choose between measure 65 and 65-A. Initiative 65 would allow medical marijuana treatment for more than 20 specified qualifying conditions, allow individuals to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana at one time, and tax marijuana sales at the current state sales tax rate of 7%. Initiative 65-A, passed by the legislature, would restrict medical marijuana to terminally ill patients.
MontanaLR-130LR-130 seeks to remove a local government’s power to regulate the permitted carrying of concealed weapons, including repealing the existing authority of local governments to restrict the open carry of firearms at public assemblies, parks, and school grounds.
MontanaC1-118 & I-190C1-118 would amend the Montana Constitution to allow for a citizen initiative or the legislature to set a legal age for marijuana use, purchase and possession. I-190 would legalize marijuana for those over 21 and tax non-medical marijuana at 20%.
New JerseyPublic Question 1This legislatively referred constitutional amendment would legalize marijuana use for those 21 and over and tax marijuana products at the same rate as state sales tax.
NevadaQuestion 2This ballot question would remove an existing provision in the Nevada Constitution which states that only marriage between a male person and a female person is recognized. It would ensure that all legal marriages are treated equally under the law, and allow a religious exemption for clergy and religious organizations in terms of performing marriage services/ceremonies.