Earlier this fall, we looked at a few states across the country and what measures would appear on voters’ ballots. With Election Day in the not-so-distant rear-view mirror, where have voters landed on key ballot measures across the country?
In Arizona, Proposition 207 appeared on the ballot. The law would allow limited marijuana possession, use, and cultivation by adults over the age of 21. The law would also ban smoking marijuana in public, impose a 16% excise tax on marijuana sales, and allow expungement of marijuana offenses. The measure has passed.
Voters in California faced numerous ballot measures this year. Notably, Proposition 22 establishes different criteria for determining whether app-based transportation and delivery drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors.” Voting “yes” on Proposition 22 ensures that these drivers remain independent contractors. The measure has passed.
In Colorado, Proposition 115 appeared on the ballot. The question asks if there shall be a change to Colorado law prohibiting an abortion when the probable gestational age of the fetus is at least 22 weeks. The measure has been defeated.
Voters in Mississippi had the opportunity to change the design of the official Mississippi State Flag. The current flag was adopted in 1894 and featured the Confederate battle emblem in its design. A sample ballot, including the new flag design, can be found here. The measure has passed.
Voters in the Garden State had the opportunity this year to choose whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana, after efforts in the legislature stalled earlier this year. Public Question No. 1 asks voters whether or not they approve of legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The amendment would require cannabis products to be subject to the state sales tax and allows the legislature the ability to authorize municipalities to pass local ordinances to charge a local tax on cannabis products. The measure has passed.
Voters in the Sunshine State had the opportunity this year to express their opinion on raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The measure has passed.
If voters in Massachusetts approved of Question 2, their state could have joined Maine in using ranked-choice voting. The proposed law would implement RCV, where voters rank one or more candidates by order of preference. If approved, RCV would be used for all Massachusetts statewide offices, state legislative offices, federal congressional offices, and certain other offices starting in 2022, but would would not apply to elections for president, county commission, or regional district school committee member. The measure appears to have failed.
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