A June ballot measure that will determine the fate of a new 49ers stadium? Yes, you’ve heard that before, but this time the vote has traveled south. In 1997, San Francisco voters narrowly approved $100 million toward a new 49ers home at Candlestick Point, a $325 million facility that never progressed beyond a blueprint.
Maine’s secretary of state has decided upon the wording of a citizen initiative question that will be on the Nov. 2 ballot asking voters if they want to allow a casino in western Maine. Matthew Dunlap says the question will read: “Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?”
City Council candidate Barbara Kogerman announced Tuesday her committee submitted nearly 3,000 signatures from residents in favor of a term limit initiative to the city clerk. Kogerman is chair of the Term Limits Committee and said she hopes to have the initiative on the November ballot for residents to vote on. Almost all five City Council members have held their seats for nearly 20 years since the city was incorporated.
Conservative activists asked a federal judge Wednesday to overturn a state law on ballot petitions. U.S. District Judge Phillip Brimmer isn’t likely to rule until Friday at the earliest. Each passing day makes it harder for Jon Caldara to gather signatures for his ballot initiative to overturn the federal health-care reform law in Colorado.
The Utah Supreme Court is considering the issue of e-signatures and whether they should be used in ballot initiatives. The court is also considering the arguments of Farley Anderson, an independent candidate for Utah governor, who was booted from the ballot on the issue of e-signatures. Anderson and the American Civic Liberties Union ( ACLU) are arguing e-signatures are the same as signing a paper ballot. Another group, Utahns for Ethical Government, has also joined the fight to bring e-signatures on the ballot for all candidates.
The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an initiative requiring parental notification for minors seeking an abortion will be on the August primary ballot. Planned Parenthood had argued that more than 36,000 voters who signed the initiative petition failed to receive key information on sign-up sheets, for example that physicians could be charged and imprisoned if they failed to properly inform a parent.
It appears all Puyallup residents will have a chance to publicly voice their opinions on term limits for city council members. The council voted unanimously at its May 25 meeting to have city staff draft a proposal that would appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Under Councilmember Don Malloy’s plan, the results of the “advisory ballot” wouldn’t bind the council to a decision but would give officials a clearer sense of how the public feels about the issue.
The Libertarian Party of Nebraska is asking a federal judge to block part of the state’s petition law. The party filed a motion Thursday for an injunction to allow out-of-state residents to collect petition signatures. The party also asked to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s petition laws. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in December, claims that parts of Nebraska law place an unconstitutional burden on citizens.
A pair of initiatives intended to create independent ethics and redistricting commissions won’t appear on the ballot this fall. The lieutenant governor’s office said Tuesday that neither initiative gathered the required number of signatures to be placed before voters.
A Columbia group that opposes police use of Tasers says it has collected enough signatures for a November ballot initiative against the weapons. Organizers of People for a Taser-Free Columbia say they have collected roughly 4,000 voter signatures in less than two months. They plan to present the petitions to the city clerk on Wednesday morning.