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Election 2012: Who's on the ballot?
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

This November, voters across the country will cast ballots on significant races and issues. There are nearly 8,000 elected officials at the state and federal levels of government. They include both chambers of Congress, governors and state lawmakers. Of those positions, 80 percent of them are on ballots.

More specifically, in Washington, DC, all 435 U.S. House seats are on ballots while 33 –one-third – of the U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs.

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At the state level, 11 governor’s seats are on ballots with six incumbents seeking re-election.

Four of every five state legislators’ positions throughout the country are also being voted on. There are no state legislative elections in Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. Ballots in these six states will focus on local and federal offices, as well as initiatives. In addition, Michigan will not hold state Senate elections.

Transportation issues are on statewide ballots in eight states. There are also more than 65 local initiatives addressing road bonds, sales taxes, transit and red-light cameras in at least 14 states.

For more 2012 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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