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———–  UPDATED AS OF 10:00 AM EST, NOVEMBER 4, 2020 ———–

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, voters in 32 states voted on 120 statewide ballot measures. Ballot measures are one of the chief forms of progressive policy making, protest and platform setting this year. We’re seeing results coming in and they’re trending progressive. 

Here are highlights of the progressive wins we are seeing:

In Arizona

  • Prop 208: Invest in Education Act
  • Prop 207: Marijuana Legalization

In Arkansas

  • HJR1008: An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to amend the process for the submission and approval of proposed initiated acts, constitutional amendments, and referenda (Defeated)

In Colorado

  • Amendment B: Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates
  • Prop 115: 22 Week Abortion Ban (Defeated)
  • Prop 118: Paid Medical and Family Leave

In Florida

  • Amendment 2: $15 Minimum Wage 
  • Amendment 4: Require Constitutional Amendments to be Passed Twice (Defeated)

In Mississippi

  • Initiative 65: Medical Marijuana
  • Ballot Measure 2: Remove the electoral vote requirement for the Governor
  • Ballot Measure 3: State Flag Referendum

In Montana

  • CI-118: Allow for a Legal Age for Marijuana & I-190: Marijuana Legalization and Tax

In Nebraska

  • Initiative 428: Payday Lender Interest Rate Cap
  • Amendment 1: Remove Slavery as Punishment for Crime from Constitution

In New Jersey

  • Public Question 1: Marijuana Legalization
  • Public Question 3: Redistricting

North Dakota

  • SCR4001: This measure requires an initiated constitutional measure approved by voters to be submitted to the subsequent legislative assembly (Defeated)

In Utah

  • Amendment C: Remove Slavery as Punishment for a Crime from Constitution
  • Amendment A: Gender Neutral Language in State Constitution

In Virginia

  • SJR 306/ HJR 615: Redistricting

In Washington

  • Referendum 90: Sex Education in Public Schools (Approved)


Check out our Ballot Measure Hub for the most up to date election results and insider info on the progressive ballot measures BISC is tracking: ELECTION RESULTS TRACKER

BISC has also compiled a Twitter List of all the ballot measure campaigns we’re tracking: TWITTER LIST (CAMPAIGNS TO WATCH)


BISC released this statement from Executive Director, Chris Melody Fields Figueredo:

I am heartened by the incredible voter turnout and important progressive ballot measures that succeeded last night and the results that are still coming in. We see voters supporting progressive policies even when they voted for conservative politicians.

Like all of us, ballot measure campaigns and advocates have endured so much and continued to persevere despite all the many challenges that 2020 brought forth. These campaign leaders are delivering to communities the critical solutions they need to improve their lives like raising the minimum wage, increasing funding for public education, paid family and medical leave, the removal of racist language in state constitutions, voting rights for returning citizens, and so much more. 

Voters rejected every effort by state legislatures to limit direct democracy in Arkansas, North Dakota, and Florida–they saw through their attempts to undermine the will of the people.

BISC has supported campaign partners in states across the country to pass ballot measures that work for people of color, LGBTQ people, women and working families, and we applaud the efforts to build power for their communities. We are proud to be your partners in this fight and will continue to support you as we move towards implementation and protecting these wins when state legislatures convene. 

While the wins are so heartening to see, the losses hurt just as profoundly. 

In 2018, the Clean Missouri redistricting and ethics measure passed with 2/3 of the vote and since then, opponents have been trying to undermine direct democracy and the will of the people. Amendment 3 got on the ballot this year in an effort to confuse and undermine the will of the voters. Even through all this, organizers on the ground have built a strong, broad and diverse coalition that will stand the test of time. 

In Louisiana – Amendment 1: No Right to Abortion in the Constitution, which we opposed, passed last night. Measures like this undermine reproductive health and rights, and have a disproportionate impact on Black womxn. We need increased investments in Black-led organizing that will help us build community-led, state-based power. 

With our partners in Missouri and Louisiana, we have a long-term plan to build power. BISC is ready to roll deeper.

We are still awaiting more results and throughout the coming days, we will update the BISC Ballot Measure Hub’s Election Results Tracker. BISC is committed to working with partners to make sure every vote is counted and the will of the people is heard.