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2012 election


Voters decide on marriage, health care, death penalty issues

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by Joseph Earnest  November 6, 2012  


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Today American voters will cast ballots that will contain several measures, like gay marriage, abortion, eminent domain on property, health care, and other state initiatives. Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have wrapped up their campaigns, and whoever is successful in generating the largest turnout will occupy the White House.  Before midnight Tuesday, voters and media practitioners will have a rough idea of who the next president will be, based on the exit polls.


Below are a few ballot measures voters will be facing:


Health care on the ballot:This topic refers to ballot measures regarding health care rights, laws, and health insurance.

FloridaThe Florida Health Care, Amendment 1:  Aalso known as the Florida Health Care Amendment, is on the November 6, 2012 state ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure aims to prevent laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage.

LouisianaThe Louisiana Medicaid Trust Fund, Amendment 1: If enacted, the measure would protect the state medicaid trust fund from budget cuts, according to reports. The measure was sent to the ballot during the 2012 state legislative session as SB 82.

MissouriThe Missouri Health Care Exchange Question, Proposition E: The measure would prohibit the establishment, creation, or operation of a health insurance exchange unless it is created by a legislative act, a ballot initiative, or veto referendum. According to the text of the bill, the proposal is aimed at prohibiting the establishment of a health care exchange by the Missouri Governor.


Death Penalty On The Ballot:

CaliforniaProposition 34 proposes to eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment with no possibility of parole. If approved, the 724 people on California’s death row would have their death sentences replaced with life imprisonment.


Same sex marriage:

MaineQuestion 1 on Maine’s ballot asks voters if the state should be allowed to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. If passed, this would overturn a 2009 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriages.

MarylandQuestion 6 is a veto referendum. It asks voters if they support or are opposed to Maryland’s civil marriage law that allows gay and lesbian couples to get a civil marriage license as of Jan. 1, 2013. The referendum basically gives voters a chance to decide if the Civil Marriage Protection Act should be upheld.

MinnesotaAmendment 1 asks voters if a marriage should be recognized as valid only if it is between a man and a woman. If passed, the state constitution would be amended to add that definition of marriage.

WashingtonReferendum 74 asks voters if same-sex marriage should be legal in the state of Washington. The state passed a measure earlier this year to give same-sex couples the right to marry. Add Comments>>

Source: Ballotpedia.org









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