Ballot Measure-o-meter

BISC’s Ballot Measure-O-Meter highlights some of the top bills and initiatives on our radar and categorizes them into three key classifications: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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The Good:

New York

The New York State Equal Rights Amendment is an amendment to New York’s State Constitution that adds explicit protections for people who experience discrimination. Specifically on abortion, the measure protects against discrimination for pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes and would protect against government action that could limit reproductive care.

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Ohio

The Citizens Not Politicians Amendment aims to end gerrymandering in Ohio by empowering citizens, not politicians, to draw fair districts using an open and transparent process. If passed by voters, it will: Create a 15-member Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission, ban current or former politicians, political party officials, and lobbyists from sitting on the Commission, and require fair and impartial districts by making it unconstitutional to draw voting districts that discriminate against or favor any political party or individual politician.

 

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Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, voters have collected enough signatures to place State Question 832 on the 2024 statewide ballot. If passed by voters, SQ 832 would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2029.

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The Bad:

Florida

HJR 335 would raise the threshold for the passage of constitutional amendments from 60% to 66.7%. Florida is already the only state requiring citizen-initiated measures to pass with a 60% supermajority.

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Nebraska

LB753 channels money away from public schools by giving tax credits to corporations and the wealthy while shifting the burden of funding essential public programs and services — like public education, health and safety — to less affluent taxpayers.

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Wisconsin

Senate Joint Resolutions 7173, and 78 would enshrine existing voter photo ID requirements in the state constitution, and specify that only U.S. citizens are eligible to vote in state and local elections, and outlaw private funding for elections administration. The two election administration measures will appear on Wisconsin’s primary ballot in April 2024, and the citizenship requirement will appear on Wisconsin’s November general election ballot. Numerous voting rights and advocacy groups oppose these measures, calling them “unnecessary and anti-voter.”

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The Ugly:

Arizona

SCR 1014 would let legislators overrule voters in presidential elections. The bill says that “the Legislature, and no other official, shall appoint presidential electors.” In other words, anti-democracy actors in the state legislature are attempting to steal Arizonans vote. They want to decide the outcome of elections instead of the people.

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California

In California, an anti-trans initiative that would target transgender youth is gathering signatures for the 2024 ballot. The measure, deceptively called the “Protect Kids of California Act 2024,” would require schools to notify parents if their child expressed issues related to gender identification, bar trans students from participating in sports that do not align with their biological sex, and block access to gender-related medical procedures for minors — even with parental consent.

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Colorado

Colorado’s GOP has formed an issue committee to support multiple initiative petitions restricting rights and healthcare for trans and LGBTQ+ youth. There are currently nine petitions filed and eight awaiting approval from the state’s Title Board and Legislative Council.

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