On November 4, voters in dozens of communities will cast ballots aimed at overturning Citizens United, ending corporate personhood, and getting big money out of politics.
In the absence of federal action on the issue, efforts to increase the minimum wage are on the ballot—and expected to pass—in five states. Notably, four of the five states (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota) are solidly conservative.
Three states face sweeping anti-choice legislation that, if passed, would curtail or eliminate reproductive rights, slash a host of other health protections, and set precedent with nationwide relevance.
Efforts to expand legal access to marijuana continues this year with three major votes on full legalization taking place in Washington, D.C., Alaska, and Oregon.
Efforts to regulate genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are sprouting up on both state and local ballots this November. Whether a GMO label mandate, as in Colorado and Oregon, or a planting ban, as in Humboldt and Maui counties, local initiatives are being aggressively challenged by outside, deep-pocketed industry opponents.
Chevron has dumped millions of dollars into municipal elections in the city of Richmond, Calif.—where the oil giant operates one of the state's largest refineries—in what critics say is one of the most egregious examples of a corporate interest using nearly unlimited financial resources to overwhelm local candidates it opposes.
As the U.S. system of mass incarceration comes under increasing fire, Californians in November will be voting on Proposition 47, which will reduce prison populations by reducing the penalties for a number of "non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes."
Voters in communities in California, Texas and Ohio have a chance to ban the dangerous oil and gas drilling practice known as "fracking" when they cast their ballots in local elections this year.
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