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Guide to 2016 US ballot measures

The United States votes on TUE 08 NOV 2016. If you live in the United States, you should vote on that day, or earlier if your locality supports such.

All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives are up for election, as are 34 seats in the US Senate, twelve state governors’ seats, nearly 6,000 seats in state legislatures, a huge array of local seats in all three branches of government, 156 state and federal district ballot measures, and innumerable local ballot measures.

So if you are a likely voter in a state or federal district, what sorts of ballot measures do you have to look forward to? As it turns out, the answer is most probably “bonds”, “minimum wage”, “more bonds”, “marijuana”, “something that will actually have the opposite effect of what its sponsors claim”, and “the NRA needlessly shoving hunting and fishing rights into state constitutions”.

So what should you do? Spend time researching the various ballot measures in your state, analyse the arguments for and against, look up where the money for each campaign is coming from, and then come to an informed decision? Yeah, right. That shit is totally for suckers. You should trust our snap judgments instead.

BOND SCOREBOARD

StateMeasurePurposeAmount
AKBallot Measure 2EducationUnlimited
CAProposition 51EducationUS$9,000,000,000
MEQuestion 6TransportationUS$100,000,000
MTInitiative 181ResearchUS$200,000,000
NMBond Question AFacilities improvementUS$15,440,000
NMBond Question BLibrariesUS$10,167,000
NMBond Question CEducationUS$142,356,000
NMBond Question DLaw enforcementUS$18,196,000
RIQuestion 3Facilities improvementUS$27,000,000
RIQuestion 4EducationUS$45,500,000
RIQuestion 5Facilities improvementUS$70,000,000
RIQuestion 6EnvironmentUS$35,000,000
RIQuestion 7HousingUS$27,000,000

MINIMUM WAGE SCOREBOARD

StateMeasureCurrentFinalChangeNotes
AZProposition 206US$8.05/hrUS$12.00/hr+US$3.95/hrPaid sick time
COAmendment 70US$8.31/hrUS$12.00/hr+US$3.69/hr 
MEQuestion 4US$7.50/hrUS$12.00/hr+US$4.50/hr 
SDReferred Law 20US$8.50/hrUS$7.50/hr–US$1.00/hrUnder 18 years of age
WAInitiative 1433US$9.47/hrUS$13.50/hr+US$4.03/hrPaid sick time

ALABAMA

ALAMENDMENT 1YES 
Amends the state constitution to add two at large members to the board of trustees of Auburn University for diversity, and to stagger the board members’ terms such that no more than three expire in the same calendar year.
ALAMENDMENT 2 NO
Amends the state constitution to ban reallocating state park funds for other purposes, and to permit contracting out operation and maintenance of state parks. GoobNet recommends a no vote until Alabamans are given the opportunity to vote on each change individually.
ALAMENDMENT 3 NO
Amends the state constitution to abolish the constitutional amendment commission and give the power to define local constitutional amendments to the state legislature by unanimous vote. GoobNet recommends a no vote until the state of Alabama finally gets its shit together and puts local measures in local ordinances instead of in the state constitution.
ALAMENDMENT 4YES 
Amends the state constitution to devolve powers to county commissions.
ALAMENDMENT 5YES 
Rewrites Article III of the state constitution for clarity.
ALAMENDMENT 6 NO
Amends the state constitution to require a 2/3 vote in the state senate to convict an elected official on impeachment charges. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that an impeachment investigation against sitting governor Robert Bentley is currently underway.
ALAMENDMENT 7 NO
Amends the state constitution to give authority over employees of the sheriff’s office of Etowah County to the office’s personnel board rather than the county. GoobNet recommends a no vote until the state of Alabama finally gets its shit together and puts local measures in local ordinances instead of in the state constitution.
ALAMENDMENT 8 NO
Amends the state constitution to ban discrimination by employers based upon union membership status. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this is redundant.
ALAMENDMENT 9 NO
Amends the state constitution to increase the age limit for the judge of probate of Pickens County from 70 to 75. GoobNet recommends a no vote until the state of Alabama finally gets its shit together and puts local measures in local ordinances instead of in the state constitution.
ALAMENDMENT 10 NO
Amends the state constitution to make territory in Calhoun County subject to jurisdiction of municipalities within that county. GoobNet recommends a no vote until the state of Alabama finally gets its shit together and puts local measures in local ordinances instead of in the state constitution.
ALAMENDMENT 11 NO
Amends the state constitution to permit tax increment financing zones. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
ALAMENDMENT 12 NO
Amends the state constitution to create a governing body for toll roads and bridges in Baldwin County. GoobNet recommends a no vote until the state of Alabama finally gets its shit together and puts local measures in local ordinances instead of in the state constitution.
ALAMENDMENT 13 NO
Amends the state constitution to remove age limits on state government officials other than judges.
ALAMENDMENT 14 NO
Amends the state constitution to permit budget isolation resolutions passed by 3/5 of voting members of the state house of representatives, rather than 3/5 of all members present.

ALASKA

AKBALLOT MEASURE 1YES 
Combines voter registration into the Permanent Fund Dividend application form.
AKBALLOT MEASURE 2 NO
Amends the state constitution to authorise bonds to fund student loans. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.

ARIZONA

AZPROPOSITION 205YES 
Legalises recreational marijuana use.
AZPROPOSITION 206YES 
Increases the state minimum wage from US$8.05 per hour to US$10 next year and to US$12 by 2020, and establishes the right to paid sick time.

ARKANSAS

ARISSUE 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to make several changes regarding elected county officials. GoobNet recommends a no vote until Arkansans are given the opportunity to vote on each change individually.
ARISSUE 2YES 
Amends the state constitution to permit the governor to continue serving when out of the state.
ARISSUE 3 NO
Amends the state constitution to remove the cap on general obligation bonds, which is currently 5% of state revenue.
ARISSUE 6YES 
Amends the state constitution to legalise medical use of marijuana. It conflicts with Issue 7, meaning that if both pass, only the one with more YES votes takes effect.
ARISSUE 7 NO
Legalises medical use of marijuana by statute. It conflicts with Issue 6, meaning that if both pass, only the one with more YES votes takes effect. GoobNet recommends a no vote on this measure on the grounds that it fails to provide proper regulation.

CALIFORNIA

CAPROPOSITION 51 NO
Authorises bonds of up to US$9,000,000,000 to build and upgrade schools. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
CAPROPOSITION 52YES 
Extends an existing law on hospital fees, and amends the state constitution to require voter approval to divert hospital fees to other purposes.
CAPROPOSITION 53 NO
Amends the state constitution to require voter approval for revenue bonds greater than US$2,000,000,000. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this forces local measures to be put on statewide ballots.
CAPROPOSITION 54 NO
Amends the state constitution to prevent the state legislature from voting on bills until 72 hours after they are published. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that Charles T Munger Jr has donated more than US$10,000,000 to this measure’s YES campaign and would personally benefit from having more time to lobby lawmakers.
CAPROPOSITION 55YES 
Amends the state constitution to extend the state income taxes increases on those earning US$250,000 or more per year for twelve years.
CAPROPOSITION 56 NO
Amends the state constitution to increase the state cigarette tax from US87¢ per pack to US$2.87.
CAPROPOSITION 57YES 
Amends the state constitution to increase parole opportunities for nonviolent felons, and to give judges rather than prosecutors the authority to decide when juveniles may be tried as adults.
CAPROPOSITION 58YES 
Repeals a ban on bilingual education.
CAPROPOSITION 59YES 
Advisory question on whether to support an amendment to the US Constitution to specify that campaign contributions are not protected as free speech. GoobNet recommends a yes vote on the grounds that GoobNet Enterprises, Inc is not a person, even if it did exist.
CAPROPOSITION 60YES 
Requires the use of condoms in the production of pornographic films, and requires licensing of pornographic film producers by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. GoobNet recommends a yes vote despite the fact that this proposition’s number should have been incremented by nine.
CAPROPOSITION 61 NO
Regulates prescription drug costs by linking the price paid by state agencies to the price paid by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that a similar federal law regarding Medicaid resulted in pharmaceutical firms raising prices on the VA and fucking over veterans.
CAPROPOSITION 62YES 
Abolishes capital punishment and replaces it with life without parole. It conflicts with Proposition 66, meaning that if both pass, only the one with more YES votes takes effect.
CAPROPOSITION 63YES 
Requires permits for purchasing ammunition, and removes the grandfather clause on ownership of large capacity magazines.
CAPROPOSITION 64YES 
Legalises recreational marijuana use.
CAPROPOSITION 65 NO
Allocates revenue from grocery bags to a new fund. It conflicts with Proposition 67, meaning that if both pass, only the one with more YES votes takes effect. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that this measure was placed on the ballot by plastic bag manufacturers.
CAPROPOSITION 66 NO
Transfers authority for habeas corpus petitions to trial courts rather than appeals courts. It conflicts with Proposition 62, meaning that if both pass, only the one with more YES votes takes effect. GoobNet recommends a no vote and urges Californians to stop killing people, not to kill more people faster.
CAPROPOSITION 67YES 
Confirms a ban on single use plastic grocery bags. It conflicts with Proposition 65, meaning that if both pass, only the one with more YES votes takes effect.

COLORADO

COAMENDMENT TYES 
Amends the state constitution to ban forcing convicted criminals into unpaid labour.
COAMENDMENT UYES 
Amends the state constitution to create a tax exemption for profits on leased government land when the profits are under US$6,000.
COAMENDMENT 69YES 
Amends the state constitution to establish a state cooperative for health care.
COAMENDMENT 70YES 
Amends the state constitution to increase the state minimum wage from US$8.31 per hour to US$9.30 next year and to US$12 by 2020.
COAMENDMENT 71 NO
Amends the state constitution to change the number of signatures needed to place an initiative on the ballot from 5% of votes cast in the previous general election to 2% of registered voters in all 35 state senate districts, and to change the criteria for passing an amendment from 50% to 55%.
COAMENDMENT 72 NO
Increases the state cigarette tax from US84¢ per pack to US$2.59.
COAMENDMENT 106YES 
Permits assisted suicide for patients who have a prognosis of six months or less.
COAMENDMENT 107YES 
Establishes open primaries for presidential elections.
COAMENDMENT 108 NO
Establishes open primaries, but permits political parties to decide not to hold primaries.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

DCSTATEHOOD REFERENDUMYES 
Advisory question on whether to split non-federal lands from the District of Columbia into a new state.

FLORIDA

FLAMENDMENT 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to specify the right to produce solar energy, and permit legislation exempting from solar charges individuals who don’t own solar panels. Requires 60% in favour to pass. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that this measure was placed on the ballot by electricity firms that burn fossil fuels.
FLAMENDMENT 2YES 
Amends the state constitution to legalise medical use of marijuana. Requires 60% in favour to pass.
FLAMENDMENT 3YES 
Amends the state constitution to establish a property tax exemption for first responders disabled in the line of duty. Requires 60% in favour to pass.
FLAMENDMENT 5YES 
Amends the state constitution to state that property tax exemptions for senior citizens are awarded based upon the value of the property at the time of application, rather than being reassessed annually. Requires 60% in favour to pass.

GEORGIA

GAAMENDMENT 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to create a statewide school district for schools identified as failing. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this authorises the state to turn schools identified as failing into charter schools.
GAAMENDMENT 2 NO
Amends the state constitution to increase assessments on strip clubs and allocate them to a fund for sexually exploited children. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
GAAMENDMENT 3 NO
Amends the state constitution to abolish the state Judicial Qualifications Commission and replace it with a new commission. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that this bill’s sponsors in the state legislature include Johnnie Caldwell Jr, a former judge who resigned after being investigated by the commission.
GAAMENDMENT 4 NO
Amends the state constitution to allocate revenue from sales taxes on fireworks to trauma care and fire services. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.

HAWAI‘I

Hawai‘i ballot measures require a majority of all voters who cast ballots in order to pass. Blank and invalid votes are therefore equivalent to NO votes.

HIAMENDMENT 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to increase the threshold for jury trials in civil cases from US$5,000 to US$10,000. GoobNet recommends a no vote until the state of Hawai‘i realises that it needs to tie this threshold to inflation.
HIAMENDMENT 2YES 
Amends the state constitution to permit excess general fund revenues to pay off bonds and pensions.

IDAHO

IDHOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 5 NO
Amends the state constitution to give the state legislature approval authority over administrative rules.

ILLINOIS

ILTRANSPORTATION TAXES AND FEES LOCKBOX AMENDMENT NO
Amends the state constitution to prohibit allocating transportation funds to other uses. Requires 60% in favour, or a majority of all voters who cast ballots, to pass. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.

INDIANA

INPUBLIC QUESTION 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to protect hunting and fishing rights. GoobNet recommends a no vote and severely questions that said rights were ever under threat.

KANSAS

KSCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to protect hunting and fishing rights. GoobNet recommends a no vote and severely questions that said rights were ever under threat.

LOUISIANA

LAAMENDMENT 1YES 
Amends the state constitution to permit the legislature to define how the parishes may appoint their registrars of voters, and what qualifications are required.
LAAMENDMENT 2 NO
Amends the state constitution to remove legislative oversight over tuitions at state universities.
LAAMENDMENT 3YES 
Amends the state constitution to state that federal corporate taxes cannot be deducted for state corporate taxes.
LAAMENDMENT 4YES 
Amends the state constitution to establish a property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.
LAAMENDMENT 5 NO
Amends the state constitution to establish a transportation fund.
LAAMENDMENT 6YES 
Amends the state constitution to permit surplus budget funds to be applied to the next year’s budget.

MAINE

MEQUESTION 1YES 
Legalises recreational marijuana use.
MEQUESTION 2YES 
Increases state income taxes on those earning US$200,000 or more per year.
MEQUESTION 3YES 
Requires background checks for firearm sales.
MEQUESTION 4YES 
Increases the state minimum wage from US$7.50 per hour to US$9 next year and to US$12 by 2020.
MEQUESTION 5YES 
Establishes ranked choice voting for state offices.
MEQUESTION 6 NO
Authorises bonds of US$100,000,000 for transportation projects. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.

MARYLAND

MDQUESTION 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to require the state governor to appoint someone of the same political party to fill a vacated state office. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that voters vote for people, not for parties.

MASSACHUSETTS

MAQUESTION 1 NO
Increases the number of slot machine licenses that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission may issue from one to two.
MAQUESTION 2 NO
Authorises up to twelve new charter schools per year.
MAQUESTION 3YES 
Bans the sale of certain animal products produced from animals in confinement.
MAQUESTION 4YES 
Legalises recreational marijuana use.

MINNESOTA

Minnesota ballot measures require a majority of all voters who cast ballots in order to pass. Blank and invalid votes are therefore equivalent to NO votes.

MNAMENDMENT 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to create a board that sets state legislators’ salaries. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that these sorts of boards are never as independent as promised.

MISSOURI

MOCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1 NO
Renews .1% state sales and use taxes for ten years, with revenues allocated to state parks and conservation. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.
MOCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 2YES 
Amends the state constitution to establish campaign contribution limits for candidates for state and judicial offices.
MOCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 3 NO
Amends the state constitution to increase the state cigarette tax from US17¢ per pack to US77¢ by 2020 and ban the use of revenues to fund tobacco related research. It conflicts with Proposition A, but procedures for handling passage of both measures are undefined. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that this measure was placed on the ballot by tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American.
MOCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 4 NO
Amends the state constitution to prohibit state and local legislatures from enacting sales or use taxes on anything that was not taxable on THU 01 JAN 2015.
MOCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 6 NO
Amends the state constitution to permit the state legislature to require voter identification.
MOPROPOSITION A NO
Increases the state cigarette tax from US17¢ per pack to US40¢ by 2021. It conflicts with Constitutional Amendment 3, but procedures for handling passage of both measures are undefined.

MONTANA

MTCONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE 116 NO
Amends the state constitution to specify rights of crime victims.
MTINITIATIVE 177YES 
Bans the use of animal traps and snares on public lands.
MTINITIATIVE 181 NO
Authorises bonds of US$20,000,000 per year for ten years for biomedical research. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
MTINITIATIVE 182YES 
Repeals the limit of three patients per medical marijuana dispensary.

NEBRASKA

NEREFERENDUM 426 NO
Repeals a law setting the maximum penalty for first degree murder as life imprisonment, and restores capital punishment.

NEVADA

NVQUESTION 1YES 
Requires most firearm transfers to go through licensed dealers and subjects them to background checks.
NVQUESTION 2YES 
Legalises recreational marijuana use.
NVQUESTION 3 NO
Amends the state constitution to deregulate electricity firms. Requires a majority both in this election and in 2018.
NVQUESTION 4YES 
Amends the state constitution to exempt prescribed medical equipment from sales and use taxes. Requires a majority both in this election and in 2018.

NEW JERSEY

NJPUBLIC QUESTION 1 NO
Amends the state constitution to authorise up to two new casinos at least 72 miles from Atlantic City.
NJPUBLIC QUESTION 2 NO
Amends the state constitution to allocate revenues from gasoline taxes to transportation projects. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.

NEW MEXICO

NMCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1YES 
Amends the state constitution to permit courts to deny bail when there is evidence that the defendant poses a public threat.
NMBOND QUESTION A NO
Authorises bonds of up to US$15,440,000 for facilities for senior citizens. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
NMBOND QUESTION B NO
Authorises bonds of up to US$10,167,000 for libraries. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
NMBOND QUESTION C NO
Authorises bonds of up to US$142,356,000 for education facilities. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
NMBOND QUESTION D NO
Authorises bonds of up to US$18,196,000 for public safety improvements. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.

NORTH DAKOTA

NDCONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE 1YES 
Amends the state constitution to require state legislators to reside in their districts for the entirety of their terms.
NDCONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE 2YES 
Amends the state constitution to permit allocating excess revenues from oil extraction to education.
NDINITIATED CONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE 3 NO
Amends the state constitution to specify rights of crime victims.
NDINITIATED STATUTORY MEASURE 4 NO
Increases the state cigarette tax from US44¢ per pack to US$2.20 per pack and allocates the revenues to veteran and health services.
NDINITIATED STATUTORY MEASURE 5YES 
Legalises medical marijuana use.

OKLAHOMA

OKSTATE QUESTION 776 NO
Amends the state constitution to permit capital punishment and to assert that it is not cruel or unusual punishment.
OKSTATE QUESTION 777 NO
Amends the state constitution to protect farming and ranching rights. GoobNet recommends a no vote and severely questions that said rights were ever under threat.
OKSTATE QUESTION 779 NO
Amends the state constitution to increase the state sales tax from 4.5% to 5.5% and allocate the resulting revenues for education. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.
OKSTATE QUESTION 780YES 
Changes drug possession to a misdemeanor rather than a felony, and increases the threshold for felony theft or forgery from US$500 to US$1,000.
OKSTATE QUESTION 781 NO
Allocates the cost savings from State Question 780 to substance abuse and mental health programmes. Takes effect only if State Question 780 also passes. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.
OKSTATE QUESTION 790 NO
Amends the state constitution to permit spending public money for religious purposes.
OKSTATE QUESTION 792YES 
Amends the state constitution to permit alcohol sales in grocery stores and convenience stores.

OREGON

ORMEASURE 94 NO
Amends the state constitution to repeal the mandatory retirement age for state judges, currently 75 years.
ORMEASURE 95 NO
Amends the state constitution to permit state universities to invest in equities.
ORMEASURE 96 NO
Amends the state constitution to allocate 1.5% of the net proceeds from the state lottery to veteran services. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.
ORMEASURE 97YES 
Increases corporate taxes on gross sales over US$25,000,000.
ORMEASURE 98YES 
Establishes a fund for career readiness, college readiness, and dropout prevention programmes.
ORMEASURE 99 NO
Allocates 4% of the net proceeds from the state lottery to the state Outdoor School programme. GoobNet recommends a no vote and reiterates our opposition to preallocating revenue.
ORMEASURE 100YES 
Bans the sale of products from twelve specified animals, including cheetahs and sea turtles.

PENNSYLVANIA

PAJUDICIAL RETIREMENT AGE AMENDMENT NO
Amends the state constitution to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 years to 75.

RHODE ISLAND

RIQUESTION 1 NO
Authorises a casino in Tiverton. Requires a majority in the state overall and in the town of Tiverton in order to pass.
RIQUESTION 2YES 
Amends the state constitution to grant the state ethics commission the authority to investigate misconduct charges against legislators relating to their duties, and specifies that the ethics commission must pass rules by 2/3 votes.
RIQUESTION 3 NO
Authorises bonds of US$27,000,000 for facilities for veterans. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
RIQUESTION 4 NO
Authorises bonds of US$45,500,000 for facilities at the University of Rhode Island. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
RIQUESTION 5 NO
Authorises bonds of US$70,000,000 for port infrastructure improvements. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
RIQUESTION 6 NO
Authorises bonds of US$35,000,000 for state parks and environmental projects. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.
RIQUESTION 7 NO
Authorises bonds of US$50,000,000 for affordable housing and urban revitalisation. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this should be funded with current tax money.

SOUTH DAKOTA

SDCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RYES 
Amends the state constitution to take postsecondary technical schools out of the state board of regents’s purview.
SDCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT S NO
Amends the state constitution to specify rights of crime victims.
SDCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT T NO
Amends the state constitution to establish a redistricting commission. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that these sorts of boards are never as independent as promised.
SDCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT U NO
Amends the state constitution to cap interest rates for private lenders at 18% unless higher rates are specified in writing. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that this measure was placed on the ballot by a payday loan firm, which always specifies higher interest rates in writing.
SDCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT VYES 
Amends the state constitution to establish jungle primaries for state offices, in which all candidates enter a single primary, and the two leading candidates advance to the general election.
SDREFERRED LAW 19 NO
Makes various changes to election procedures. GoobNet recommends a no vote until South Dakotans are given the opportunity to vote on each change individually.
SDREFERRED LAW 20 NO
Reduces the minimum wage for those under eighteen years of age from US$8.50 per hour to US$7.50.
SDINITIATED MEASURE 21YES 
Caps interest rates for private lenders at 36%.
SDINITIATED MEASURE 22YES 
Increases reporting requirements for campaign financing, decreases contribution limits, and establishes a state ethics commission.
SDINITIATED MEASURE 23YES 
Permits unions and other nonprofit organisations to charge fees for services rendered.

UTAH

Utah ballot measures require a majority of all voters who cast ballots in order to pass. Blank and invalid votes are therefore equivalent to NO votes.

UTAMENDMENT A NO
Amends the state constitution to replace the words “this state” with the words “the state of Utah” in the oath of office for state officials. GoobNet recommends a no vote and wonders who was confused by the present phrasing of the oath.
UTAMENDMENT BYES 
Amends the state constitution to limit distributions from the state school fund.
UTAMENDMENT CYES 
Amends the state constitution to establish property tax exemptions on property leased to state or local governments.

VIRGINIA

VA“RIGHT TO WORK” AMENDMENT NO
Amends the state constitution to ban discrimination by employers based upon union membership status. GoobNet recommends a no vote on the grounds that this is redundant.
VAPROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSES OF POLICE AND SERVICE PERSONNEL AMENDMENTYES 
Amends the state constitution to establish a property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.

WASHINGTON

WAINITIATIVE 732 NO
Establishes a carbon tax and reduces the state sales tax from 6.5% to 5.5%. GoobNet recommends a no vote until Washingtonians are given the opportunity to vote on each change individually.
WAINITIATIVE 735YES 
Advisory question on whether to support an amendment to the US Constitution to specify that campaign contributions are not protected as free speech. GoobNet recommends a yes vote on the grounds that GoobNet Enterprises, Inc is not a person, even if it did exist.
WAINITIATIVE 1433YES 
Increases the state minimum wage from US$9.47 per hour to US$13.50 by 2020, and establishes the right to paid sick time.
WAINITIATIVE 1464 NO
Makes various changes to campaign finance procedures. GoobNet recommends a no vote until Washingtonians are given the opportunity to vote on each change individually.
WAINITIATIVE 1491YES 
Authorises courts to ban those deemed dangerous to themselves or others from owning or gaining access to firearms.
WAINITIATIVE 1501 NO
Increases penalties for identity theft and consumer fraud against seniors and at risk individuals, and prevents release of information about caregivers. GoobNet recommends a no vote and will not pretend not to notice that this measure was placed on the ballot by the Service Employees International Union.
WAADVISORY VOTE 14YES 
Advisory question on whether an assessment should be placed on family dental plans.
WAADVISORY VOTE 15 NO
Advisory question on whether to limit sales tax exemptions for alternative fuel vehicles.
WASENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 8210YES 
Amends the state constitution to change the deadline for redistricting from 01 JAN of the second year after a census to 15 NOV of the first year after a census.

WYOMING

Wyoming ballot measures require a majority of all voters who cast ballots in order to pass. Blank and invalid votes are therefore equivalent to NO votes.

WYCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT A NO
Amends the state constitution to permit the state legislature to authorise investing state funds in equities.

OVERALL SCOREBOARD

StateYESNOTotal
Alabama31114
Alaska112
Arizona202
Arkansas235
California10717
Colorado639
District of Columbia101
Florida314
Georgia044
Hawai‘i112
Idaho011
Illinois011
Indiana011
Kansas011
Louisiana426
Maine516
Maryland011
Massachusetts224
Minnesota011
Missouri156
Montana224
Nebraska011
Nevada314
New Jersey022
New Mexico145
North Dakota325
Oklahoma257
Oregon347
Pennsylvania011
Rhode Island167
South Dakota5510
Utah213
Virginia112
Washington549
Wyoming011
TOTAL6987156

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