In last Tuesdays election, voters gravitated not only toward conservative candidates, giving the Republicans a majority in both houses of Congress, but they also voted, generally, for the conservative side in statewide referenda. Nevada, for example, passed an initiative banning homosexual marriage. Tax increases in Missouri and Washington State were defeated. Several initiatives to decriminalize marijuana use, or allow “medicinal” marijuana consumption, were turned back. Here are the results of major state ballot measures nationwide.
Gay Marriage Ban
Description: Forbids state recognition of homosexual “marriages.”
Cruelty to Animals
Description: Impose steep penalty on anyone who “tortures, mutilates, maims” etc. an animal.
Description: Ban cockfighting.
Description: Prohibit confining pregnant pigs in cases.
Description: Increases gas taxes, sales taxes on cars and truck weight fees
Description: Hike tobacco taxes by $0.55 per pack.
Description: Abolish state income tax.
SMOKING AND POT
Description: Legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Description: Give treatment instead of jail time to non-habitual drug offenders.
State: South Dakota
Description: Legalize cultivation and use of hemp products.
Description: Ban smoking in most public places.
State: South Dakota
Description: Allow criminal defendants to argue against the validity of state laws.
Description: Decriminalize possession of marijuana.
Description: Maintains legislatures repeal of local term limits.
Voting By Mail
Description: Require most elections held after 2004 to be conducted by mail.
Description: Let voters register and vote on election day
Description: Let voters register and vote on election day.
Description: End bilingual education but allow opt outs and lawsuits.
Description: End bilingual education.
Description: Creates a voluntary, universal pre-kindergarten program.
Description: Sets a maximum class size for public schools.
Description: Sets minimum level for state spending for after-school programs.
Description: Adopt a single-payer, state-run health care system.
Description: Require labeling of genetically engineered foods.