Oh yeah, that’s right, there were other elections, too. And you thought we forgot. NOPE! It’s all here. The good (not a whole lot, we’re afraid), the bad, and the stuff that makes us mad! Check it out.
It was a big night for marijuana legalization. Voters in five states decided whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana: California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada voted in favour. Only Arizona rejected the ballot initiative. Voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota passed measures making the drug available for medical use. And in Montana, a measure was approved that removes provider restrictions on the drug for medicinal use.
Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington voted to raise the minimum wage to at least $12 an hour by 2020. South Dakota’s attempt to pass an initiative that would have lowered the minimum wage for non-tipped employees younger than 18 was widely rejected.
Gun control measures
A handful of states elected to impose stricter controls on guns and ammunition purchases. In California, voters approved a multi-pronged referendum that requires background checks for ammunition purchases and bans on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, adds penalties for not reporting lost or stolen guns, and enables law enforcement to confiscate guns from convicted felons.
In Nevada, voters approved universal background checks on private gun sales, with the exception of sales between family members. A similar proposal was narrowly rejected in Maine.
In Washington state, voters backed a measure that allows judges to keep individuals they consider a threat, such as domestic abusers, from possessing weapons.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio booted – North Carolina’s bathroom ban governor to follow?
After 24 controversial years, Arizona voted out the self-styled toughest sheriff in America, Joe Arpaio.
A surge in Latino voter turnout helped thwart Arpaio’s attempt to win a seventh term as sheriff of Maricopa County. Arpaio gained national prominence for his hardline stance on immigration and a mandate that prisoners wear pink underwear and live in tents in Arizona’s unforgiving desert.