• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

State Ballot Props on Health Care Repeal, Marijuana Could Drive Turnout

Voters won’t only get the opportunity to elect a new Congress in exactly three weeks — in 36 states, they’ll also get to [decide the fate of 155 ballot propositions](http://www.iandrinstitute.org/BW%202010-1%20Preview%20(9-26).pdf) on a wide-ranging series of topics, from increasing a state’s sales tax to reducing its carbon emissions. And while there’s no single issue on the scale of the same-sex marriage referendums that swept the nation in 2004 (and provided a crucial boost to Republicans), a number of propositions this time around serve as stand-ins for various cultural and political battles that are likely to galvanize certain sets of voters to go to the polls on Nov. 2.

The first major trend is a response to the new Obama health care law, in which several states are offering citizens the chance to cast a largely symbolic vote against its implementation within the state’s borders. The initiatives seem destined to fail in the courts, but [I’ve written a story today](http://www.iandrinstitute.org/BW%202010-1%20Preview%20(9-26).pdf) about how that fact hasn’t stopped a combination of conservative activists and health care industry backers from trying to push them through nearly 40 state legislatures as a means of taking a potshot at reform and touting its unpopularity. After passing overwhelmingly by referendum during Missouri’s August primary election, similar propositions exempting a state’s citizens from the mandate to purchase health insurance will appear on the ballot in Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma next month.

The second big issue, which some strategists are already predicting will be the Democrats’ 2012 version of Rove’s same-sex marriage ban in 2004, is the legalization of marijuana. Legalization of cultivation, possession and transportation for personal use is on the ballot this year in California, while the legalization of medical marijuana (which California already enjoys) is on the ballot in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. And some analysts are already predicting the California measure might help drive turnout among young people, who in turn will be more likely to vote for Democrats Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer over their Republican opponents in California’s statewide races:

Seizing on new independent polling data, proponents of Proposition 19 — the Golden State ballot measure that would make possessing and growing marijuana legal — argue the measure is going to drive younger-voter turnout in such a way that it will benefit the Democrats statewide, from gubernatorial retread Jerry Brown to Sen. Barbara Boxer.

“It literally is the thumb on the scale that has been generally missed by the polling models out there, and it is going to have an impact not only on the initiative but everything else on the ballot including the candidates,” said Dan Newman, consultant for the “Yes on 19” campaign.

Also up for a vote: Whether the state of Rhode Island should change its name.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.