1998 Virginia ballot measures

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The 1998 Virginia State Elections took place on Election Day, November 3, 1998, the same day as the U.S. House elections in the state. The only statewide elections on the ballot were five 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]

The Overseas Voters Act amendment asked voters to permit persons employed overseas and their families who are qualified to vote in Virginia to continue to vote in Virginia while overseas, subject to the conditions and time limits set by federal and state laws.

Question 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 828,353 73.18
No 303,654 26.82
Total votes 1,132,007 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 2[edit]

The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission Act amendment affects the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission's confidential investigations of charges against judges. This proposed amendment gives the General Assembly the ability to disclose the scope and level of confidentiality of these investigations. Furthermore, this amendment gives the General Assembly the responsibility to provide by statute the extent to which Commission proceedings and documents will be confidential.

Question 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 690,017 63.20
No 401,808 36.80
Total votes 1,091,825 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 3[edit]

The Economic Development Areas; Governing Bodies Act amendment asked voters to authorize agreements among localities for sharing the revenues and costs of a specified land area and for the General Assembly to establish a special governing body for the area. Fiscal commitments related to the land area would not be deemed local debt.

Question 3
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 618,214 56.43
Yes 477,257 43.57
Total votes 1,095,471 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 4[edit]

The Economic Growth-Sharing Agreements Act amendment asked voters to exempt the fiscal obligations involved in economic growth-sharing agreements from certain constitutional limits or requirements that usually apply to local debt. The amendment will treat this type of obligation like other special types of local debt that are not subject to those constitutional limits.

Question 4
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 672,151 62.07
Yes 410,674 37.93
Total votes 1,082,825 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 5[edit]

The Tax Exemptions Act amendment asked voters to allow the General Assembly the ability to give local governments the option of partially or fully eliminating either the business, professional or occupational license tax or the merchants' capital tax or both.

Question 5
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 648,252 61.84
No 399,950 38.16
Total votes 1,048,202 100.00
Source: - Official Results

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virginia 1998 ballot measures - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2014-07-12.