October 3, 2006

Property Rights on State Ballots

13

That’s the number of states that will feature property rights measures on their 2006 ballots, making the issue a hot new topic on state election slates this fall.

A new feature on Stateline.org’s interactive 2006 Elections Guide shows that property rights is the hottest new topic on state ballots this election year, cropping up in 13 states, while same-sex marriage bans and minimum-wage increases also will compete for voters’ attention in multiple states on Nov. 7. This election will give voters their first chance to roll back a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on property rights. Voters in 13 states will decided whether local governments can seize private property for redevelopment, a power known as eminent domain: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Washington. Read More