UPDATED WITH RESULTS
Besides Obama-McCain there are other issues on the ballot that may have far-reaching cultural signifigance. Here are some of the proposals that American voters will be voting for next week.
Washington – is voting for physician-assisted suicide, which is now iWAn place in Oregon. Initiative 1000 PASSED 59%-41%
Massachussets – voting to ban dog-racing PASSED 56%-44%, ease Marijuana laws PASSED 65-35% , scrap the state income tax DID NOT PASS – 70%-30%
Florida – constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage PASSED
Arizona – constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage PASSED
California – constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage which is controversial because they already have same sex marriage in CA so a lot of people will wake up and find out that they are not married if it passes. It is called Proposition 8. PASSED
Arkansas – unmarried couples (by which they mean gay couples) cannot adopt or be foster parents. PASSED
South Dakota – abortion banned except for rape, incest, and serious health threat. DID NOT PASS
Colorado – human life begins at conception – the “personhood” amendment, a proposal to ban affirmative action based on race or gender DID NOT PASS
Nebraska – proposal to ban affirmative action based on race or gender PASS
Ohio – allow first casino DID NOT PASS
Arkansas – establish a state lottery PASS
Maryland – allow 15,000 slot machines PASS
Oregon – limit teaching of students in another language than english to 2 years. DID NOT PASS
Missouri – English is the official language of all government proceedings in MO PASS
Oregon – merit pay to teachers based on “classroom performance” DID NOT PASS
California – $9.95 billion dollar high speed railroad between SF and LA. PASS In SF there is Proposition K to decriminalize prostitution. DID NOT PASS
Proposition 2 PASS – Standards for Confining Farm Animals. Initiative Statute:
This 2008 California initiative measure would add to the Health & Safety Code with a law entitled, “The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.” Specifically, the proposed law requires that calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. Exceptions are made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes. The law provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days and would go into effect on January 1, 2015.
California – chickens, veal claves and pregnant pigs must be able to lie down, stand up, turn around or spread their wings. (PASS 63.2% – 36.8%)
Michigan – voting for the desireablity of embryontic stem cell research PASS, medical marijuana (2.5 oz or 12 plants if you are a registered patient with a debilitating medical condition). PASS
Alaska – there was a proposal that would have banned killing free-ranging wolf and grizzly bears by aerial hunting (using a plane find animals to kill). This proposal failed in August.
This 2008 measure was an initiated state statute presented to voters in August of 2008. The measure would have prohibited shooting of a free-ranging wolf, wolverine, or grizzly bear the same day that the person has been airborne. It was defeated by a margin of 44.4% for the measure and 55.6% against on August 26th.
Pennsylvania – the only proposition I could find is agreeing to 400 million dollar debt for water and sewer improvements. These improvements are necessary because some of the pipe infrastructure is very old.PASS