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The Results of Some of This Year's Major State Ballot Measures

by Countable | Updated on 11.7.18

Alabama

Passed: Amendment 1: Allowing the display of the Ten Commandments on public land.

Passed: Amendment 2: Declaring that the state’s policy is to support the “right to life” for unborn children.

Arizona

Passed: Proposition 126: Prohibiting new or increased taxes on personal services by state & local government.

Rejected: Proposition 127: Increasing the state’s renewable energy mandate to 50% of electricity generation in 2030.

Arkansas

Passed: Issue 2: Requiring voters to provide valid photo ID to cast non-provisional ballots or vote absentee.

Passed: Issue 5: Raising the minimum wage to $11 in 2021.

California

Rejected: Proposition 6: Repealing the gas and diesel tax increases enacted in 2017 and requiring voter approval for future gas tax hikes.

Passed: Proposition 7: Establishing permanent, year-round daylight saving time (DST).

Passed: Proposition 12: Establishing minimum requirements for confining animals and banning the sale of meat and eggs from improperly confined animals.

Colorado

Rejected: Amendment 73: Adopting a progressive income tax system.

Passed: Amendment Y: Establishing an independent redistricting commission.

Florida

Passed: Amendment 5: Requiring a two-thirds, supermajority vote of the legislature to raise taxes.

Passed: Amendment 6: Providing crime victims with constitutional rights, raising the judicial retirement age, and prohibiting state courts from deferring to administrative agencies’ statutory interpretations.

Passed: Amendment 9: Prohibiting offshore drilling for oil or natural gas, and banning vaping in offices.

Georgia

Passed: Amendment 4: Providing crime victims with constitutional rights.

Hawaii

Rejected: Constitutional Convention Question: Asking voters whether a convention to explore possible constitutional changes should be held.

Idaho

Passed: Proposition 2: Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

Indiana

Passed: Public Question 1: Adopting a balanced budget amendment to the constitution.

Kentucky

Passed: Marsy’s Law Crime Victims RIghts Amendment: Providing crime victims with constitutional rights.

Louisiana

Passed: Amendment 1: Prohibiting convicted felons (unless pardoned) from running for or holding public office until five years after the completion of their sentence.

Passed: Amendment 2: Requiring unanimous jury verdicts for felony trials.

Maryland

Passed: Question 2: Allowing for same-day voter registration.

Massachusetts

Passed: Question 2: Establishing a citizens’ commission to call for the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision to be reversed.

Passed: Question 3: Upholding the state law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.

Michigan

Passed: Proposal 1: Legalizing the recreational use and possession of marijuana for adults over 21.

Passed: Proposal 2: Establishing an independent redistricting commission.

Passed: Proposal 3: Adding eight voting policies to the state constitution.

Missouri

Passed: Amendment 2: Legalizing medical marijuana and taxing it 4% to fund veterans services.

Rejected: Amendment 3: Legalizing medical marijuana and taxing it 15% to fund medical research.

Passed: Proposition B: Raising the minimum wage to $12 in 2023.

Rejected: Proposition C: Legalizing medical marijuana and taxing it 2%.

Montana

Rejected: I-185: Extending the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and raising tobacco taxes to help fund it.

Passed: LR-129: Banning ballot harvesting.

Nebraska

Passed: Initiative 427: Requiring the state to develop a Medicaid expansion plan under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

Nevada

Passed: Question 1: Providing crime victims with constitutional rights.

Passed: Question 2: Exempting feminine hygiene products from sales taxes.

Rejected: Question 3: Requiring the elimination of monopolies in the energy market.

Passed: Question 4: Exempting medical equipment from sales taxes.

Passed: Question 5: Providing for automatic voter registration at the DMV.

Passed: Question 6: Increasing the state renewable energy mandate to 50% of electricity generation by 2030.

New Hampshire

Passed: Question 1: Giving taxpayers the constitutional right to sue state & local government for improper use of public funds.

Passed: Question 2: Adding a constitutional “right to live free” from government privacy intrusions.

North Carolina

Passed: Voter ID Amendment: Requiring voters to present a photo ID to vote in person.

Passed: Income Tax Cap Amendment: Lowering the state’s maximum income tax.

Passed: Marsy’s Law Crime Victims Rights Amendment: Providing crime victims with constitutional rights.

North Dakota

Passed: Measure 2: Amending the state constitution to clarify that only U.S. citizens can vote.

Rejected: Measure 3: Legalizing recreational marijuana for people 21 years of age or older.

Oklahoma

Passed: State Question 794: Providing crime victims with constitutional rights.

Oregon

Rejected: Measure 103: Banning grocery taxes under the state constitution.

Rejected: Measure 104: Requiring a legislative supermajority to modify tax exemptions, credits, and deductions in ways that increase tax revenue.

Rejected: Measure 105: Repealing the sanctuary state law.

Rejected: Measure 106: Restricting taxpayer funding for abortion.

Utah

Proposition 2: Legalizing medical marijuana.

Proposition 3: Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and raising sales taxes.

Proposition 4: Establishing an independent redistricting commission.

Washington

Passed: Initiative 940: Reducing the burden of proof for prosecuting police in use of force cases.

Passed: Initiative 1631: Enacting a carbon tax.

Initiative 1634: Prohibiting local taxes on groceries.

Passed: Initiative 1639: Raising the age to buy ‘assault rifles’ to 21 and requiring a 10 day wait period.

West Virginia

Passed: Amendment 1: Clarifying that nothing in the state constitution protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.

Did we miss a particular ballot measure, or not summarize any of your state’s ballot measures? Head on over to your state’s page in our voter center for more information!

— Eric Revell & Josh Herman

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  • Dave
    Voted Apathetic
    11/08/2018
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    Here we go again,. Let's go team work. I just want our tax dollars spent on things that all Americans will benefit from. Not this BS wasteful infighting from both political parties. So disappointing

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  • Nick
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    People in Arizona and Alabama are honestly so stupid. It’s against the First Amendment to put the stupid Ten Commandments on public land and it pisses me off they Arizona didn’t pass the law to make the state 50% renewable energy by 2030 or whatever the date was

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  • Tim
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    It’s astounding to think that theocracies exist right here in these United States.

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  • Caren
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    Some of these measures that passed are very, very good especially the one that gives unborn babies rights!

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  • KansasTamale
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    Some of these are good, but most are ridiculous. No way a state can balance its budget. There’s no way to know how much they are going to spend. Voted ID - it’s stupid - if you have your voter registration that’s all you should need. And having Daylight Savings Time all year round is ridiculous. - Standard Time makes sense. IF IT’S DST THE SUN ISN’T GOING TO COME UP UNTIL 8:30AM. KIDS HAVE TO GET ON SCHOOL BUSES AT 7:00AM IN THE DARK!! STUPID.

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  • DaveSnyder
    11/08/2018
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    What “constitutional rights” were victims of crimes being denied in those several states passing propositions to grant them?

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Sad
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    MORE TAXES AND EXPANSION OF THE ACA Brief and to the point...... We are seeing more taxes on the 50% of American taxpayers to provide expansion of the already failing Affordable Care Act (AKA Obama Care). We are seeing the burden being placed on the tax paying member of society, increasing drastically as the increasing numbers of non-taxpayers place an expanding reliance on the already overburdened medical facilities across the countryside. It’s readily being seen that the Democrats are dependent on the recipients of the ACA benefits, which drives their constant expansion of the program to maintain them, in their voting fold. They, the Democrats are using the ACA medical support system for undocumented immigrants, to bolster support of their political agenda of the, which sadly 😢 includes their insistence of keeping the Southern borders open allowing a further influx of the flow of not only illegals but also facilitates the Cartels flow of drugs and criminal elements into the nation. Just watch and see what the advancing “Caravans” contain. SneakyPete ..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 11*7*18 .....

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Happy
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    This is how folks voted. It is not the end of the world. Just maybe your candidate will make it next time. So we will respect those elected this year.

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  • eireprof
    Voted Apathetic
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    The Divided States ofAmerica. While states like Alabama continue to promote bigotry and undermine the separation of church and state, places like Michigan wisely accept natural remedies and encourage voting.

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  • Catie
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    Some of these are great and some are horrible!! So glad I don’t live in Alabama, but good for Massachusetts for upholding gender equality. Quite a varying opinion on several states

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  • Merlin
    Voted Sad
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    Many of the propositions passed in California were made to sound good but didn’t consider the consequences they would have.

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  • tituswife
    Voted Apathetic
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    No traveling to Michigan or Oregon for us.

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  • Tom
    Voted Sad
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    Repealing Costa Hawkins (CA Prop 10) really didn't make this list 😐, wow ya'll.

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  • Neicy
    Voted Sad
    11/09/2018
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    Separation of church and state is vital to a fair and just society

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  • Kerry
    11/08/2018
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    Where’s Alaska?

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  • David
    Voted Apathetic
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    What’s the official State Church of Alabama? Just asking.

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  • Joel
    Voted Apathetic
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    I vote straight face; because some of the things I agree with, and some I oppose. These should each be separated.

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  • Linda
    11/08/2018
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    Thanks for this summary. On your listing for Utah, you did not say whether the propositions were passed or rejected.

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  • T
    Voted Happy
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    This is how it supposed to work. States making there own decisions on what the people in those states want. Yes every state should have a balanced budget, without they just use taxpayers as an atm. How are they to know how much money they spend?, really?, we are all doomed if this how a majority thinks. If you do not like what a state is doing don’t go to that state. This is why the founders put in a list of things the government can’t do. States were to be more powerful than the Federal government

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  • Hunter
    Voted Apathetic
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    Kinda hit and miss no matter your opinion.

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