While the question of whether Democrats or Republicans will be in control of the Senate is the midterm elections question that’s received the most attention, ballots across the country have high-stakes initiatives that could have ramification reaching beyond individual states.
Legalized marijuana, minimum wage increases, personhood for the unborn, Second Amendment issues, hunting, prison reform, taxes and health care are all on the ballot in different parts of the country.
A worker cultivates a special strain of medical marijuana inside a greenhouse in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
The National Taxpayers Union is closely following state ballot issues related to the minimum wage and tax proposals.
“I trust the people more than the politicians,” organization spokesman Pete Sepp told TheBlaze. “They say ballot measures are too risky because we are leaving it to amateurs. Well the professionals haven’t done a very good job. Plus, a ballot measure can’t go into office and break a political promise.”
The minimum wage and marijuana legalization could bode well for Democratic turnout, while gun issues and tax cuts might turn out Republican voters. Abortion could invoke passions on both sides — or it might not make a any difference, said Geoffrey Skelley of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.
“In all likelihood, none of these referenda will dramatically alter the shape of the electorate, so unless a race is extremely tight, it’s tough to see them changing outcomes,” Skelley told TheBlaze. “Granted, if a contest such as the Alaska Senate race is being decided by a razor-thin margin, having minimum wage and marijuana questions on the ballot could prove to be a difference maker for Mark Begich’s re-election chances against Dan Sullivan.”
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