Summary of Election-Related Ballot Measures for the November ballot

Election results below

In November voters in 14 states and Puerto Rico decided 20 ballot measures impacting how they vote and conduct elections.
2020’s ballot questions took on a range of election topics such as the National Popular Vote, Ranked Choice Voting, Nonpartisan Redistricting, Open Primaries, and Restoring Voting Rights to citizens with a past conviction. 

Use the links below state name for Ballotpedia’s summary of each question.

                                                                        BLUE=PASSED    GREEN=REJECTED
STATE TOPIC(s) A YES VOTE –  % YES  % Votes Cast

Alabama

Amend. 1

Citizen Voting  Replaces every citizen can vote with only citizens can vote in the state constitution. 77% 100%

Alaska

Measure 2

Top 4 Primaries, Ranked Choice Voting, Campaign Finance  Calls for Top-Four primaries for state legislative and congressional offices; Ranked-choice voting for general elections; Disclosure of outside donations of  $2,000+ 50.2% 98%

Arkansas

Issue 2

Term Limits  Lowers term limits to 12 years for state legislators  55% 94%

Arkansas

Issue 3

Ballot Measure Requirements  Creates stricter requirements to qualify citizen ballot initiatives and initiatives referred by the legislature. 44% 94%

California

Prop. 17

Voting Rights Restoration  Allows Californians on parole for a felony to vote. 59% 97%

California

Prop. 18

Voting Age for Primaries  Allows 17-yr-olds who will be 18 by the general election to vote in primary elections. 44% 97%

Colorado

Amend. 76

Citizen Voting Replaces every citizen can vote with only citizens can vote in the state constitution. 68% 98%

Colorado

Prop 113

Electoral College  Confirms legislature’s vote to have Colorado join the Interstate Compact for a National Popular Vote for president. 52% 98%

Florida

Amend. 1

Citizen Voting  Replaces every citizen can vote with only citizens can vote in the state constitution. 79% 98%

Florida

Amend. 3

Top 2 Primaries  Calls for Top-Two open primaries. The top two vote-getters, regardless of partisan affiliations, advance to the general election. 57%** 98%

Florida

Amend. 4

Ballot Measure Approval  Requires voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters again at a second general election. 48% 98%

Massachusetts

Question 2

Ranked Choice Voting  To Adopt Ranked Choice Voting for state and federal elections  45% 92%

Missouri

Amend. 3

Nonpartisan Redistricting  Repeals the 2018 voter approved initiative that established a process for nonpartisan redistricting. 51% 98%

Mississippi

Measure  2

End Jim Crow System for State Elections  1. Removes the requirement that statewide candidates get the most votes in a majority of all state house districts. 2. Has a runoff if no candidate has a majority, instead of the winner chosen by the House of Representatives. 78% 97%

Nevada

Question 4

Statement of Voting Rights  Adds a section to Constitution guaranteeing specific voting rights to all. 61% 98%

New Jersey

Question 3

 Delay Redistricting

 Delays redistricting until after the 2021 state election if the census data is not ready by Feb.15 2021. 58% 98%

No. Dakota

Measure 2

 

Ballot Question Approval  Requires a voter-approved constitutional amendment be voted on a 2nd time if the State Legislature doesn’t approve its passage. 38% 90%

Oregon

Measure 107

Campaign Finance Limits  Authorizes state and local government to limit campaign contributions and expenditures; require disclosure of donors and spending; and have ads identify who paid for them. 79% 94%

Virginia

Question 1

Nonpartisan Redistricting  Creates a bipartisan redistricting commission to draw congressional and state legislative districts. 66% 98%

Puerto Rico

Measure 1

Vote on Statehood

 A non-binding yes or no vote on whether Puerto Rico should seek to become a state. 52% 100%

**  Florida has a 60% threshold for constitutional amendments

Ranked Choice Voting was adopted by ballot measure in Albany, CA (72%), Bloomington, MN, (51%) Boulder, CO(78%), Eureka, CA(62%), and Minnetonka, MN(55%). Voters said “yes” to all five. See cities and states that already used ranked choice voting here

Prepared by George Pillsbury, Senior Policy Advisor, Nonprofit VOTE, gpillsbury@nonprofitvote.org

Source: Ballotpedia, 2020 ballot measures   

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