Key Ballot Initiatives Around the Country

Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 02:17 AM

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In ARKANSAS, voters decided whether to legalize marijuana for medical use. 

 49%  51% Failed

In CALIFORNIA, voters were asked to raise income taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year and sales taxes on everyone to help balance the state budget and avoid about $6 billion in cuts, mostly to schools. The issue was backed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

 54% 46% Passed

In CALIFORNIA, voters also decided an issue to raise income taxes and send the money directly to public school districts. That initiative was backed by civil rights attorney Molly Munger. 

 28%  72% Failed

 In CALIFORNIA, voters decided on campaign finance reform, in part barring direct contributions from unions and corporations.

 44%  56% Failed

In CALIFORNIA, voters decided whether to abolish the death penalty as the maximum penalty for murder.

 47%  53% Failed

In COLORADO, voters decided whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use for people 21 and older, and to tax and regulate it the same way as alcohol currently is.

 53%  47% Passed

 In FLORIDA, voters decided whether to allow public funds to be used by religious organizations that provide public services.  

 45%  56% Failed

In FLORIDA, voters decided whether to ban federal funding for abortions.

 44%  55% Failed

In MAINE, voters decided whether to allow the same-sex-marriage law to take effect.

53%  47% Passed

In MARYLAND, voters decided whether to adopt the state “Dream Act,” which provides in-state tuition for undocumented students who have graduated from high school in the state and whose parents file Maryland taxes.

 58%  42% Passed

 In MARYLAND, voters were asked whether to legalize same-sex marriage law same-sex-marriage law that Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law in March.

 52%  48% Passed

In MASSACHUSETTS, voters decided whether to legalize marijuana for medical use.

 63%  37% Passed

In MINNESOTA, voters faced a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Minnesota. 

 49%  51% Failed

In OREGON, voters decided whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use for people 21 and older, and to tax and regulate it the same way as alcohol currently is. 

 45%  55% Failed

In WASHINGTON, voters were asked whether to uphold or reject the “marriage equality” bill signed into law in February by Gov. Gov. Christine Gregoire.

 52%  48% Passed

In WASHINGTON, voters decided whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use for people 21 and older, and to tax and regulate it the same way as alcohol currently is. 

 55%  45% Passed

 


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