A list of the various types of ballot measures. States may have different legal definitions of each type; Wikipedia has more details about each type. These values are to help states with multiple types of non-candidate-based contests distinguish between each type; as such, the definitions in this table are simple guidelines. Ultimately it is up to the state or local election official to choose the value which best describes the ballot measure(s) in their jurisdiction.
|ballot-measure||A catch-all for generic types of non-candidate-based contests.|
|initiative||These are usually citizen-driven measures to be placed on the ballot. These could include both statutory changes and constitutional amendments.|
|referendum||These could include measures to repeal existing acts of legislation, legislative referrals, and legislatively-referred state constitutional amendments.|
|other||Anything that does not fall into the above categories.|