Guns, Pot and Labor Laws, Here's What's On The Ballot

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Check out what else you'll see on your ballot today.

From minimum wage to pot to labor laws, voters in states across the nation are casting their vote on more than just who will be the next president.

The decision is in voters' hands, check out the biggest initiatives on the ballot.


The gun debate usually turns to the federal government, where Congress has worked to reject every measure related to gun control and where President Barack Obama has delved out a series of executive orders. On the state level here's what these governments are proposing.

California's Proposition 63 would put in place a raft of gun-control​ rules, including a background check system for purchasing ammunition.

Maine's Question 3 addresses background checks for purchasing or transferring firearms.

Nevada's Question 1 would make it so people can't sell or transfer firearms to one another without a licensed dealer conducting a federal background check.

Washington's Initiative No. 1491 would allow courts to issue temporary orders at the request of police, family or household members to prevent people "exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others" from having access to guns.

Minimum Wage

W​hether or not to raise the minimum wage has become a favorite topic for progressives in our country. The "fight for 15" is one push that has gained momentum. These states don't have $15 minimum wages on their ballots, but voters are deciding whether to raise wages by 2020.

Arizona's Proposition 206: The minimum hourly wage will go from its current $8.05 to $12 by 2020 and employees will get paid sick time.

Colorado's Amendment 70: This would raise the minimum wage from $8.31 to $12 by the year 2020.

Maine's Question 4: Proposes raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $12 by 2020 and ties it to the cost of living from then on.

Washington's Initiative 1433: The minimum wage increases to $13.50 by 2020.


More and more states are looking to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Other states on, the other hand, are still debating whether or not to approve it for medical purposes.

Arizona's Proposition 205 would create the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control and allow for the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and over.

Arkansas' Ballot Issues 6 and 7: Both of these issues would allow for medical marijuana in the state of Arkansas. Issue 6 is an amendment to the state's constitution, and Issue 7 is the passage of an act. An amendment is far more difficult to reverse, whereas the state legislature could dismantle the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act should it choose to do so.

California's Proposition 64 would make recreational marijuana legal for those 21 and older. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi has backed this measure.

Florida's Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 allows the use of medical marijuana for "debilitating" conditions.

Maine's Question 1 makes marijuana legal for people 21 and older, with the product subject to state regulation.

Massachusetts' Question 4 allows for the recreational use of pot for people 21 and older.

Montana's Initiative No. 182 legalizes marijuana for medical purposes as prescribed by a physician.

Nevada's Question No. 2 allows for the recreational use of pot for people 21 and older.

North Dakota's Initiated Statutory Measure No. 5 legalizes the use of medical marijuana.

Death penalty

The death penalty saw a complete stop for a while when it was banned. It now exists in some states as a thing of the past or as a reality. More recently, states have seen road blacks in doling out the penalty because of restrictions on the drugs needed to kill a person by lethal injection. Check out the action on this issue:

California's Proposition 62 repeals the death penalty, while Proposition 66 changes rules around the legal system regarding the death penalty, with the intent of speeding up the time line from conviction to execution.

Nebraska's Referendum No. 426 allows voters decide whether to "retain" or "repeal" an act passed by the Nebraska Legislature eliminating the death penalty. Voting in favor of the referendum is a vote against the death penalty. A vote to "repeal" is a vote for the death penalty. The wealthy governor of this state, Gov. Pete Ricketts, has personally invested his own money into the campaign to keep the death penalty.

Oklahoma's State Question No. 776 increases the state's options for execution to potentially any method "not prohibited" by the US Constitution. Given the difficulty states are having securing lethal drugs, Oklahoma is trying to see if it can expand its options for execution.