Ballot-Initiative Roundup: What States Are Voting On Today

Voters head to the polls today to pick the next president, but many Americans will be faced with a host of other weighty choices on their ballot.

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U.S. voters head to the polls today to pick the next President, but many Americans will be faced with a host of other weighty choices, from the legality of gay marriage and recreational marijuana to the future of the death penalty and immigration reform. Here’s a roundup of the top ballot initiatives around the nation:

Other items to watch:

  • California’s Prop 37 would make it the first state to require genetically modified food to have labels identifying it as such.
  • Maryland is considering a gambling expansion.
  • Idaho may repeal a law on teachers’ collective-bargaining agreements.
  • Arkansas, Massachusetts and Montana could legalize medical marijuana.
  • Minnesota may pass an amendment requiring voters to present photo identification.
  • And Montana decides on a policy declaring that corporations are not people.

PHOTOS: America Votes: Election 2012

27 comments
dawnorthen
dawnorthen

hey guys, washing legalized pot!

wonder when the fire and brimstone is gonna rapture us?

Rose_from_Swampland
Rose_from_Swampland

I don't have much to say, but I was posting here four years ago, and superstition is making me visit again. 

Here's hoping the strong turnout in northern Virginia decides this race before Ohio is called! 

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

All the energy in Minnesota is directed towards the ballot measures. Amy K is up by 30 (that's not a typo) and BHO by 10 so it's really Photo ID and One Man/One Woman.

 As one might guess statewide it's very close. Strong Vote No in the urban areas for both measures. The reverse in the burbs and more mixed outstate where the Marriage Amendment is doing slightly better than the Photo ID. Lots of seniors rightfully do not like Photo ID.

As I said, very close but if I had to place a bet I'm afraid both will pass.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

Just voted, and I only had to wait half an hour.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

Obama will not accept his defeat and rejection by a majority of American Citizens.

 The Obama Campaign Committee has prepared a Press Release just in case Barack Obama loses the election. Basically it claims that the Republicans and Mitt Romney have stolen the election by suppressing the vote of minorities and the poor. 

They will than turn loose an  army of Lawyers to challenge the election results in every state that could have possibly make a difference in  the election.They will not be successful in changing the results of the election but they will be successful in cause further divisions between  our citizens and damage to our country..

grape_crush
grape_crush

/sigh

Nothing on Michigan, where we have one local issue about a bridge (Prop 6) and some pretty nationally-relevant items. Prop 1 concerns the 'Emergency Manager' law, Props 2 and 4 are related to collective bargaining, Prop 3 is for a higher state renewable energy requirement, and Prop 5 is about the utterly stupid and paralysis-inducing 2/3rds approval requirement for increasing taxes.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Stupid none edit function....

Sue_N
Sue_N

I'm amazed that Texas doesn't have anything on our ballot this time. Since we use our constitution (which is a mess) to legislate, we almost always have a laundry list of items that our idiot lege either punts on or uses to torture us.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Pretty soon, gay Americans can smoke weed here in Washington.

Who woulda thunk?

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

She lives! I hope all is well with you Rose.

And could not agree more about Virginia.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Never been so happy to be so wrong! Both beaten back.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@Ohiolib This morning at 8AM - 50 people in line. This afternoon at 3PM - In-n-Out in 5min - FTW!

outsider
outsider

@73yearoldVet 

Sounds more like you won't accept Romney's rejection. 

Remember the bet. 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@73yearoldVet 

Do you think copy/pasting this response in multiple articles will help Romney?  Surely there are better ways to spend your last day posting here.

NP042
NP042

@73yearoldVet Wow, 3X, you've really gone off the deep end, haven't you?  The only response this deserves is

[Citation Needed]

Sue_N
Sue_N

@grape_crush I'm stunned that "Emergency Manager" law hasn't gotten more press. That's just an abomination.

That said, I'm also pretty surprised somebody down here in Texas hasn't suggested copying it.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@grape_crush Side note to High Sheriffs: 

The "Like"/"Unlike" text is not working properly.

-----I have already "Liked" grape's post. You can clearly see my martini glass avatar (hic).

However, having come back to this page after an absence, I am being offered the option to "Like" grape's post (not "Unlike", which would be normal if I'd already "Liked" his post")

At this point, "Like-ing" his post removes my avatar, and the text changes from "Like" to "Like".  (no change)

Finally, "Re-Liking" grape's post adds my avatar, and changes the text back to "Unlike" (as it should be).

Just another LiveFyre bug. I'll forward to the LiveFyre "Suggestion Box" as well...

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@grape_crush You'd think that Props 1 & 6 would at least make some ripples.

Prop 1 for trying to codify the Governor's "perogative" to undo local democracies and install unaccountable "Emergency Managers", as you noted.

Prop 6 for trying to codify - in the State Constitution, no less - a multi-millionaire's desire to have a local monopoly on international commerce. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

Haven't texas already put every single possible wedge issue on the ballots already? There's only so far states can regress. 

Rose_from_Swampland
Rose_from_Swampland

@Paul,nnto Thanks, things are good! Busy, but good. 

Not that I've been able to focus on anything other than the election today! I keep telling myself that I should  work until 7pm... but instead I'm compulsively looking for turnout stories. 

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

In line at 6:30, out at 7:05. Probably 120 in line as I left.

3rd ballot cast in my polling place, in a general election no less. I have no idea why that make me feel proud.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @Sue_N Never underestimate the power of Texas stupid. Our lege convenes again in a few months, and is predicted to be even more conservative (!!) than the previous one. So until women down here are forced to go about in burqas, or, at the very least, dress like Mennonites, then their work will not be complete.

Btw, just to show what I mean about our constitution, it is unconstitutional in the State of Texas to travel with wire-cutters in your vehicle. (It's also illegal to shoot a buffalo from a second-floor window of your hotel, but I'm not sure if that's the constitution, or just state law.)

fitty_three
fitty_three

They haven't gotten back to the stone age yet.

It is the Land of Opportunity though, there's enough jobs around so everyone can have two.  

Which is how many you need just to make a living wage...

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Happy to hear that.

I've been a less than stellar employee myslef today. Hard to not check what is going on.