Key Issues by State
Here is a list of key ballot issues by state. Click on the state to go directly to that state's key issue.
Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,
Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming
Health Care Amendment – Amendment 6: Prohibits mandatory participation in any health care system.
Medical Marijuana Question – Issue 5: Measure allows the use of marijuana by people who choose to use it for medical purposes.
Marijuana Legalization Amendment – Amendment 64: Measure legalizes marijuana in the state.
Florida Health Care Amendment – Amendment 1: Measure aims to prevent laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage.
Florida Religious Freedom – Amendment 8: prevents individuals from being barred from participating in public programs if they choose to use public funds at a religious provider. Repeals the state’s ban of public funds for religious funding, also known as the Blaine Amendment.
Charter Schools – Amendment 1: Gives the State Legislature the right to create special schools.
Maine Same-Sex Marriage Question -- Question 1: Measure would overturn a voter-approved 2009 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state.
Same-Sex Marriage Referendum – Question 6: The referendum allows voters to decide whether to uphold the Civil Marriage Protection Act which would allow same-sex couples to obtain a civil marriage license in the state beginning January 1, 2013.
Massachusetts Death with Dignity Initiative – Question 2: The proposed measure would allow for a terminally ill patient to be given lethal drugs. Terminally ill defined as six months or less to live; patient must be mentally capable to make medical decisions; required to submit request in written form twice with witnessing signatures.
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative – Question 3: The measure would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state.
Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment – Defines marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman in the state.
Missouri Health Care Exchange Question – Proposition E: Prohibits the establishment, creation, or operation of a health insurance exchange unless it is created by legislative act, ballot initiative or veto referendum. Aimed at prohibiting the establishment of a health care exchange by the governor.
Montana Health Care Measure – LR-122: The measure would allow residents in the state the choice to decide if they want health insurance or not, and which health insurance to buy if they choose to do so.
Montana Parental Notification Measure – LR-120: The measure relates to parental rights in the act of a minor's abortion, where parents would be notified before the process would take place.
Montana Medical Marijuana Referendum – Initiative Referendum 24: The measure will place a legislative revision of an approved 2004 medical marijuana measure to a vote, instead of making it a law automatically.
Cannabis Tax Amendment – Measure 80: Allows commercial marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through state-licensed stores; allows unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp.
Teachers Union Veto Referendum – Referred Law 16: The measure would block a bill that was signed into law and supported by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard that would give bonuses to high performing teachers, ban tenure and recruit potential candidates for teaching jobs that are deemed important and critical. The veto referendum effort against the bill was organized by the South Dakota Education Association.
Same-Sex Marriage Referendum – Referendum 74: Allows voters to reject or approve a bill signed by the governor that legalizes same-sex marriage.
Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation – Initiative 502: The proposed measure would legalize the production, possession, delivery and distribution of marijuana. The initiative would regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older.
Washington Charter School Initiative – Initiative 1240: The measure would allow 40 public charter schools in the state over the next five years
Health Care Amendment – Constitutional Amendment A: According to the proposed amendment, "No federal or state law, rule or administrative decision shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system."