1986 Virginia ballot measures

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The 1986 Virginia State Elections took place on Election Day, November 5, 1986, the same day as the U.S. House elections in the state. The only statewide elections on the ballot were four constitutional referendums to amend the Virginia State Constitution. Because Virginia state elections are held on off-years, no statewide officers or state legislative elections were held. All referendums were referred to the voters by the Virginia General Assembly.[1]

Question 1[edit]

This amendment asked voters to allow any registered voter who has not voted in 4 years to continue to be registered if they make the request in writing and still live at the address listed on the registration records. This measure eventually overturned by another amendment in 1994.

Question 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 646,267 66.49
No 325,648 33.51
Total votes 971,915 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 2[edit]

This amendment asked voters to allow public employees (except those who are elected or those who are employed by an elected official) to be appointed assistant voter registrars or election officers. A similar amendment which was more broad had previously been rejected by voters in 1976.

Question 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 478,921 51.55
No 450,180 48.45
Total votes 929,101 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 3[edit]

This amendment asked voters to allow the Supreme Court of Virginia to answer questions of state law certified to it by a U.S. federal court or the highest appellate court of another state.

Question 3
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 709,745 77.92
No 201,116 22.08
Total votes 910,861 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 4[edit]

This amendment asked voters to give the state a right to appeal certain preliminary dismissals and exclusions of evidence in felony cases.

Question 4
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 683,198 74.91
No 228,784 25.09
Total votes 911,982 100.00
Source: - Official Results

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