From 2010 to 2014, common ballot questions dealt with legislatively-referred state constitutional amendments, legal initiatives, and legislatively-referred state statutes. Questions on voting ballots differ among locations and from year to year. Ballot questions often concern political and social issues.
Although each state explains ballot questions differently, ballot questions sometimes involve common political issues around the country. In 2014, common issues for ballot questions included fracking, genetically modified organisms, marijuana, and LGBT and marriage issues. Other common issues in 2014 were minimum wage, public pensions, sports arenas, labor laws and police brutality. For example, in 2014, a question on the ballot in Alaska asked if marijuana should be decriminalized in the state. Additionally, Illinois posed the question on the ballot of whether the minimum wage should be increased. By answering these questions on a voting ballot, people within an electoral area provide their views on a particular political issue.
Additionally, local ballot questions sometimes deal with legal or financial issues related to school districts, cities, counties and special districts. For example, in 2014, a ballot question in the city of Philadelphia asked whether the city government should borrow over $137 million to spend on capital purposes such as transit, streets and sanitation, municipal buildings, and recreation and museums. Also in 2014, a ballot question in the state of Nevada asked if taxes should increase for certain businesses to support school districts and charter schools in the state.