Priority Results

On Election Day, voters will decide the outcome of more than 170 ballot measures across the country. Below are the results of the campaigns BISC identified as top priorities for progressives in 2012. 

This page will be updated as the results become available. 

California 

  • APPROVED: Proposition 30: Protects schools and public safety by raising much needed revenue and helping to balance the budget. 
  • FAILED: Proposition 31: Establishes a two-year budget cycle, restricts funding for education and other programs.
  • FAILED: Proposition 32: The Special Exemptions Act would make it even easier for Super PACs to buy elections. 
  • FAILED: Proposition 33: Would eliminate consumer protections for auto insurance. 
  • FAILED: Proposition 34: The SAFE California Act would replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. 
  • APPROVED: Proposition 36: Revises California’s “three strikes” sentencing law to impose life sentence only if third felony is serious or violent.
  • APPROVED: Proposition 39: Would close a tax loophole on companies that do business in multiple states and require them to pay taxes based on their percentage of sales in California.

Colorado

  • APPROVED: Amendment 64: Marijuana legalization 
  • APPROVED: Amendment S: Changes to hiring policies for state personnel. 
  • APPROVED: Amendment 65: A policy statement that would instruct Colorado’s Congressional Delegation to support a constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United.

Florida

  • FAILED: Amendment 3: A strict, state-wide spending limit that does nothing to cut wasteful spending but will slash public services.
  • FAILED: Amendment 5: The measure would make a number of modifications to the state Supreme Court, including giving the Senate confirmation power over the appointment of justices. 
  • FAILED: Amendment 6: Puts politics where it doesn’t belong: in personal medical decisions and could ban insurance from covering a woman who needs to end a pregnancy to protect her health.
  • FAILED: Amendment 8: Repeal the constitutional ban on public funding for religious organizations.

Idaho

  • FAILED: Propositions 1, 2 and 3: Three referenda that would repeal a package of harmful education laws known as the "Luna laws," named after the state's schools Superintendent, Tom Luna. 

Maine

  • APPROVED: Question 1: The measure would allow same-sex couples to receive a marriage license while also protecting religious freedom.

Maryland 

  • APPROVED: Question 4: A referendum of the state’s DREAM Act, which allows a specific category of students to qualify for in-state tuition at any two-year community college or four-year university in the state of Maryland regardless of their immigration status. 
  • APPROVED: Question 6: Asks voters to approve or reject the state’s marriage equality law.

Michigan

  • FAILED: Proposal 1: A referendum of the state’s controversial Emergency Managers law, or Public Act 4. 
  • FAILED: Proposal 2: The Protect Working Families Amendment would enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution. 
  • FAILED: Proposal 3: The Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs amendment will require that a minimum of 25 percent of Michigan’s energy comes from clean renewable sources - including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower - by the year 2025. 
  • FAILED: Proposal 4: The Keep Home Care a Safe Choice Act establishes the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, which would oversee a registry of home care providers, require background checks, give home care providers access to job training and save taxpayer dollars in avoided nursing home costs. 
  • FAILED: Proposal 5: Alter the Michigan constitution to require a supermajority in the legislature or a vote of the people in order to raise taxes.

Minnesota

  • FAILED: Marriage Amendment: Would create a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
  • FAILED: Voter Restriction Amendment: Requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote.

Montana 

  • APPROVED:  LR 120: The measure requires parental notification for a minor prior to abortion regardless of violence or abuse in the home.
  • APPROVED:  LR 121: The measure would prohibit Montana from providing state services to people who are not US citizens and who “have unlawfully entered or unlawfully remained” in the United States. 
  • APPROVED:  LR 122: The measure challenges the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. 
  • APPROVED:  Initiative 166: The Stand for Montanans amendment is a policy statement that would instruct Montana’s Congressional Delegation to support a constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United, and set the state’s policy on prohibiting corporate contributions in state elections.

Ohio 

  • FAILED: Issue 2: The Voters First’s proposal will create an Independent Citizens Commission charged with creating legislative districts. 

Oregon 

  • FAILED: Measure 84: Would repeal the estate tax plus add another tax break for wealthy families. Only 2 percent of tax payers would benefit. 
  • APPROVED: Measure 85: The measure would repeal the corporate kicker tax credit and provides funding for public schools.

Washington

  • APPROVED: Referendum 74: Asks voters to approve or reject the state’s marriage equality law. 
  • APPROVED:  Initiative 185: The measure would require a 2/3 supermajority in the state legislature, or a vote of the people, to raise taxes. 
  • Initiative 1240: Initiative 1240 diverts tax dollars into an expensive system of privately operated, but publicly funded, charter schools.