Americans are casting votes tomorrow for president, but there are a number of other issues they’ll vote on.
On top of many congressional races, some states are also deciding on issues like the death penalty and the minimum wage. And voters in nine states will make decisions on marijuana.
Here’s a look at some of the other issues on state ballots:
Alabama voters must decide on 14 statewide constitutional amendments affecting everything from funding for state parks and the age of public officeholders to beer. Yes, beer. The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board wants to require brewers to report the name, address, age and phone number from anyone who purchases beer at one of the state’s craft breweries for off-premises consumption.
Marijuana is on the ballot; voters could legalize the drug for recreational use by adults. Minimum wage could rise to $ 12 an hour by 2020 under a separate ballot measure. Metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, is fighting for his job after a criminal indictment stemming from his immigration patrols.
Arkansas could become the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana, although a similar proposal lost by less than 30,000 votes a year ago, out of 1.3 million votes cast.
The statewide ballot has a whopping 17 propositions, the most on a single ballot since March 2000. There’s a measure to legalize recreational marijuana and one requiring porn actors to wear condoms. Voters will weigh in twice on the death penalty: one measure would repeal capital punishment while another seeks to speed up the process.
The chief ballot questions would allow medical aid in dying and create a universal health care system within the state.
District of Columbia
Voters in the nation’s capital will decide whether they want their city to become the 51st state. The measure, backed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, should pass easily, but that’s probably as far as it goes. Congress would need to approve any such change and Republicans are unlikely to go along with it. With registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans by 12-1 in the city, statehood would tip the balance in the U.S. Senate with two more Democrats.
Floridians will cast ballots on whether to legalize medical marijuana.
Georgia voters will decide on a constitutional amendment allowing the state to take over low-performing schools.
Mainers will decide whether to make marijuana for recreational or medical use legal for everyone over age 21. Another initiative would require background checks before the sale or transfer of firearms between people who aren’t licensed dealers. And another ballot initiative would boost the hourly minimum wage from $ 7.50 to $ 12 by 2020.
Baltimore will choose a new mayor. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is not seeking re-election after holding the position for the past five years. There are nine people running for job, including Catherine Pugh, a Democratic state senator, and Sheila Dixon, who was the city’s mayor from 2007 to 2010.
Massachusetts voters will vote on marijuana legalization, as well as a proposed expansion of charter schools.
Pot is on the ballot, with a measure that would loosen many of the restrictions imposed on the state’s medical marijuana program with a 2011 state law that limited marijuana providers to three patients each.
Nebraska voters have the opportunity to reinstate the death penalty and reverse last year’s decision by the state legislature. The citizen-led ballot measure has triggered millions in campaign spending.
Recreational marijuana is on the ballot, raising the possibility of pot shops springing up near the Las Vegas Strip.
Voters will have five ballot measures to consider. Among the most-watched will be a measure that would make it legal to possess up to three ounces (85 grams) of marijuana for medical purposes. Voters are also being asked whether to raise the state’s cigarette tax — if they vote yes, smokers would see a 400 per cent increase, from 44 cents to $ 2.20 a pack. They are also voting on whether victims of crime should have constitutional rights, such as being notified about the release of an attacker.
Oklahoma voters will be watching a ballot issue that targets the state’s chronically low teacher salaries. They will also decide whether to enshrine the death penalty in the state constitution, even as executions remain on hold after mistakes in two recent lethal injections.
Voters in Rhode Island, a state that has seen its share of political corruption, will decide whether to expand the authority of the state’s ethics commission. They’ll also be asked whether to allow a new casino.
The state has 10 ballot questions on topics ranging from public campaign funding to payday loan interest rates. Voters are also being asked to lower the state’s minimum wage for workers under the age of 18 from $ 8.55 to $ 7.50 an hour.
Six initiatives are on the statewide ballot, including raising the minimum wage to $ 13.50 an hour by 2020 and imposing a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels.
Wyoming voters will decide whether to allow the state to invest potentially billions more in the stock market, changing a state law that limits investments.
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