by Countable | 11.9.16
While most of the headlines the morning after Election Day were related to the presidential election, voters across the country also cast their ballots on a host of important issues affecting their states.
It was a big night for marijuana legalization, with eight states adding new pot laws to their books. Recreational marijuana was on the ballot in five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. While Arizonans rejected the proposal and ballots in Maine are still being counted (legalization is winning), the other measures all passed and if Maine does too, that would bring the number of states with legal weed to eight. On the medical side of the marijuana debate, voters in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota legalized medical weed, while Montana voters eased restrictions on their state’s program.
Anti-death penalty activists will be disappointed that capital punishment remains legal in California after voters defeated a referendum to repeal it and a rival ballot measure that would have sped up the execution process. In Nebraska, the death penalty was reinstated as voters chose to repeal a ban on capital punishment that had gone into effect.
Voters in some states had the opportunity to weigh in on the role of money in politics and forced union membership. California and Washington voters approved measures that formally asked their states’ congressional delegations to work toward overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United. Voters in Alabama chose to add the "right-to-work" without being compelled to join a union to their state constitution, and while Virginians rejected a similar proposal, the commonwealth remains a right-to-work state.
But that’s not all, read on to see which ballot measures passed in different and learn more about what exactly they do:
Amendment 8: Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendment
PASSED - 70%
Proposition 205: Marijuana Legalization
REJECTED - 52%
Issue 6: Medical Marijuana Legalization
PASSED - 53%
Proposition 60: Requiring Condoms in Pornographic Films
REJECTED - 54%
Propositions 62 and 66: Repealing or Speeding Up the Death Penalty
REPEAL REJECTED - 54%
Proposition 64: Marijuana Legalization
PASSED - 56%
Propositions 65 and 67: Plastic Bag Fees / Ban
BAN PASSED 52%
Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Legalization
PASSED - 71%
Amendment 1: State Oversight of Failing Public Schools
REJECTED - 60%
Question 1: Marijuana Legalization
PASSING - 50%
Question 3: Background Checks for Private Gun Sales
REJECTED - 52%
Question 5: Ranked Choice Voting
PASSED - 52%
Referendum 426: Reinstating the Death Penalty
PASSED - 61%
Question 1: Background Checks for Private Gun Sales
PASSED - 50%
Question 2: Marijuana Legalization
PASSED - 54%
Measure 97: Increasing the Tax on Corporate Sales
REJECTED - 59%
Amendment 1: Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendment
REJECTED - 53%
Not seeing a ballot measure you're interested in? Check out NPR’s full results here.
— Eric Revell
Written by Countable
Forgot Illinois, had an amendment for traffic revenue/expenditures.
You forgot the post the details for Massachusetts:/
I could definitely see some of these state constitutional rights being applied to the federal government;However, how would the Right-To-Work be applied to a state level let alone a national level?
This is a problem. Is this about marajuana? Or is this about the death penalty? Both are too important to combine them in this way.
We have enough addictions with alcohol, gambling! And now Pot? No one will work .