President Obama’s re-election was not the only important issue on the November 2012 ballot. Several states’ voters faced important initiatives with possible national implications, and the results of those votes are listed below.
Here’s a Quick Overview:
- Of the 4 marriage votes, 3 supported marriage (ME and MD legalizing, MN not banning) and in 1 it is too soon to tell (WA).
- Of the 2 abortion votes, 1 restriction passed (MT) and 1 restriction failed (FL).
- Of the 2 immigration votes, 1 went in favor of immigrants (MD DREAM Act) and 1 went against immigrants (MT proof of citizenship).
- In the 1 affirmative action vote, the practice was banned (OK).
- In the 1 dying with dignity vote, it is too soon to tell (MA).
- Of the 6 marijuana votes, 3 passed (MA, CO, WA), 2 failed (AR, OR), and in 1 it is too soon to tell (MT).
(More details after the jump)
The Presidential & Congressional elections are not the only important votes on the November 2012 ballot. Several states will also ask voters to weigh in on key ballot initiatives that could have national implications. We’ve put together a guide to some of the most important initiatives and referenda below. We’ll update this cheat sheet after the election so that you can see how they fared with voters in their states!
Obamacare contains an “abortion surcharge and a secrecy clause” that forces
“pro-life Americans … to pay for other people’s abortions.”
-Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), 03/15/2012
Actually, the health insurance reform legislation maintains the current law of no federal funding for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the woman is endangered. A federal judge recently wrote “the express language of the [Affordable Care Act] does not provide for taxpayer funded abortion. That is a fact and it is clear on its face.”
Read more in our new memo debunking the 12 biggest myths about the Affordable Care Act.