Ballot measures are direct democracy. You vote on key issues that could change your life like these ballot measures.
Voter will decide on 140 certified statewide ballot measures from proving more money for infrastructure, or schools, or environmental protections. Others could change how Americans live and vote. Legalizing marijuana. There are even attempts to right past wrongs, with several measures attempting to pave the way for prisoners to challenge forced labor laws. - Politico
Ballot measures that could change your life
How can these ballot measures change you life?
- Denied access to reproductive freedom. Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 2. The No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment, is on the ballot in Kentucky as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.
- Get affordable healthcare. Oregon Measure 111 also called The Right to Healthcare Amendment. A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to require that the state "ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care as a fundamental right."
- Get a living wage. Nebraska currently has a minimum wage of $9/hour, above the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour but trailing behind more than half of the country. Initiative Measure 433 would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15/hour by 2026, an increase that proponents argue is necessary amid rising inflation.
- Encourage voting. Connecticut Question 1 also called The Allow for Early Voting Amendment. A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to authorize the state legislature to provide by law for in-person early voting before an election.
- Legalize marijuana. A “yes” vote supports amending the Missouri Constitution Amendment 3 to legalize the purchase, possession, consumption, use, delivery, manufacture, and sale of marijuana for personal use for adults over the age of twenty-one. - Politico
Ballot about ending slavery and prison labor
Five states are asking voters whether to amend constitutions that have exceptions to slavery bans. Some hope that the changes could allow prisoners to challenge the practice of being forced into labor for little or no pay. If passed, the measures in Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont could open a door for prisoners there to challenge forced prison labor, for which most are paid pennies per hour and in some cases not at all. “Nothing in the Constitution is just symbolic,” said Curtis Ray Davis II, who said he earned 2 cents an hour picking cotton, okra, squash and other crops in Louisiana’s fields while imprisoned. “We do not need to enslave people in order to punish them.” - NY Times
Freedom is on the ballot
- Abortion/Reproductive Justice: our freedom to decide if and when we grow our families / our freedom to decide whether we have kids
- Climate: our freedom to have clean water to drink, clean air to breathe / our freedom to breathe easier / our freedom to leave a better life for our children, grandchildren, and future generations
- Democracy/Elections: our freedom to vote / our freedom to have an equal say in the decisions that impact our lives
- Economic Well-being, Taxes and Social Supports, Wages and Jobs: our freedom to make a good living/ freedom to thrive / freedom to prosper/ freedom to care for our families/ freedom to retire in dignity with programs we rely on, like Social Security.
- Education: our children's freedom to learn
- Guns: our freedom from gun violence / our freedom to trust our kids will come home safe at the end of the day / freedom to go to the grocery store, send our kids to school, worship, live our lives, walk through our communities without fear of gun violence
- Healthcare: our freedom to get the care we need (without fearing we’ll go bankrupt to get it)
- Immigration: our freedom to move / our freedom to give our families a better life / freedom to be who you want to be, say what you want to say, and go where you want to go
- Labor and Unions: our freedom to join together in union / our freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work so we can provide for our families
- Medicare and Social Security: our freedom to rely on programs we trust, like Medicare and Social Security
- Paid Family and Medical Leave: our freedom to care for our loved ones/our freedom to be there for our loved ones/our freedom to recover from illness or injury
- Police Brutality and Accountability: our freedom to breathe/our freedom to get home safe/our freedom from police brutality/our freedom to be treated with dignity by those sworn to protect and serve
- Trans and Queer Youth: our children's freedom to be themselves and pursue their dreams / our freedom to be ourselves
TakeAway: Don't lose out. Vote on ballot measures to protect your freedoms.
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