Headline RoundupNovember 9th, 2022

How Ballot Measures on Key Issues Fared Nationwide in the 2022 Elections

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Abortion, forced prison labor, marijuana, and gun rights were just a few hot-button issues being voted on in different states across the country on Tuesday.

Abortion: Voters in California, Vermont, and Michigan approved ballot measures adding abortion rights into their state constitutions, as did voters in Montana and Kentucky, two traditionally-conservative states.

Gun Rights: In Iowa, voters supported adding a right to keep and bear arms into the state constitution.

Marijuana: Maryland and Missouri voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana. Voters in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota rejected it. Five Texas cities voted to decriminalize having small amounts of marijuana.

Forced Prison Labor: Voters in Alabama, Tennessee, Vermont, and Oregon, approved removing language from their state constitutions allowing forced labor as a punishment for prisoners. Voters in Louisiana rejected a similar proposal.

Others: Californians rejected a proposal to allow sports betting, and another to tax high earners to fund the electric vehicle transition. Massachusetts voters approved allowing unauthorized immigrants with certain documents to obtain driver's licenses, and also approved a new 4% surtax on all income over $1 million. New Yorkers approved $4.2 billion in climate change mitigation spending. Ohioans voted to add language to the state constitution requiring voters to be citizens and to require courts to consider more details when setting bail amounts.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum focused mostly on ballot measures regarding abortion, marijuana, and prison labor.

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