Beyond the Senate Takeover: Midterm Ballot Measures

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Tennessee voters voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that allows for heavier regulations on abortion clinics in Tennessee. The amendment states, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” The measure passed 53-47%.

Voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. voted in favor of the legalization of marijuana. Residents of Oregon and Alaska can now grow, possess and sell marijuana, while residents of Washington D.C. can possess and grow marijuana but cannot sell it.

Proposition 47 was passed in California on Tuesday, which could result in thousands of California prisoners being freed. Proposition 47 reduced many non-violent property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The measure passed with 58 percent of the vote and had many prominent supporters, from Jay Z to Newt Gingrich.

Other prominent approved measures include an expansion of background checks in order to buy firearms in Washington, minimum wage increases in Arkansas and Nebraska, and an increase in sick time hours in Massachusetts.




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