With all of the presidential hoopla, it’s easy to forget that a lot of other issues will be on the ballot this November. In fact, many states are turning it over to their voters to make decisions on some pretty important subjects. Whether you live in these states or not, here are 30 ballot measures you might want to keep your eye on:
Same Sex Marriage
It just wouldn’t feel like an election if voters weren’t asked whether to legitimatize the love of other people. Three years after the people of Maine voted to ban same-sex marriage, a repeal of this ban looks poised to pass. On the other hand, Minnesota is looking to ban it, though the wording may still leave room for civil unions.
Genetically Modified Food
The proposition will change the way food in the state can be labeled. While supporters want people to better know what they are putting in their bodies, many in the food industry are donating large sums money to defeat the proposition in order to avoid facing new regulations.
Five states currently have ballot measures designed to counter Obama’s health care reform efforts. However, even if these Amendments pass, they are not likely to hold up, given that the Supreme Court has upheld the plan and states are not permitted to disregard federal law.
Owning All the Land and Water and Air
In one of the most unconventional propositions this year, Arizona is attempting to declare ownership of all “air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries.” If it passed, the Constitutionality of reclaiming federal parks and, most notably, the Grand Canyon, certainly will be contested in courts.
As the Supreme Court currently hears a potentially affirmative-action ending case, Oklahoma similarly seeks to end affirmative action and forbid providing special treatment based on sex or race.
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