2020 Ballot Initiatives and Referenda

In such a hectic year filled with a global pandemic, destructive hurricanes, and devastating wildfires, it should come as no surprise that citizen-driven ballot initiatives and referenda were down nationwide. This year’s general election had only 38 statewide citizen measures across the country—compared to 60 in 2018 (POLITICO). As a result, the major themes in ballot measures in 2020 were tax reform and electoral reform. And, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state and local government budgets, taxes may be a theme for the next few years. 

This document lists all of the ballot initiatives and referenda on the November 2020 election ballot that impact children at both the local and state levels. 

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