Few and Fewer: Odd-Year Election Ballot Initiatives


As the 2017 elections approach, analysts say a trend is emerging in Michigan and other states:

Odd-year elections are bringing fewer statewide ballot initiatives.

This year, 27 different measures are certified for ballots in just nine states. Michigan is not one of them.

A number of reasons explain why odd-year ballot proposals are becoming taboo, says Bill Ballenger, publisher of the online political blog the Ballenger Report.

We’ve only had four, and all have gone down to big defeats,” Ballenger says. “I don’t think we’re gonna see many more of these.”

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This post is a part of 2017 Local Elections: How’s metro Detroit doing?.

This series includes WDET's coverage of candidates' in local elections -- including Detroit's mayoral, clerk and council races.

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Amy Miller


Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.

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