2006 Initiatives and Referendums1

Propositions again were a prominent feature on ballots in 2006, with voters in 37 states deciding on 226 statewide measures. The number of citizen-initiated measures, 79, was the third highest ever. The most common issues were eminent domain (12 states) and same-sex marriage (nine states). Michigan voters approved a measure to ban the use of racial preferences, and South Dakota voters repealed an abortion ban.

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About the Author
John G. Matsusaka is a professor in the Marshall School of Business and School of Law, and president of the Initiative & Referendum Institute, all at the University of Southern California. He is the author of For the Many or the Few: The Initiative, Public Policy, and American Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2004).