What’s on the Ballot 2012: Vote for Your Rights


If you’re sick and tired of hearing about Obama vs Romney, or your local congressional seat that’s up for grabs, there’s still plenty to talk about today. Here are some of those props and initiatives that could change life in your state after the election. So if you don’t care who is your next president, you might still want to vote.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE:  Legalizing Marijuana
WHERE:  Get out and vote in Colorado, Washington State and Oregon. (Arkansas too!)

These states are voting on becoming the first to legalize the “recreational” use of marijuana. No more prescriptions necessary and no more pretending you’re having eye problems to get legal weed. This opens it up for voters who just want to relax. And Arkansas is voting on approving medical marijuana. Welcome to the party.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE:  Same Sex Marriage
WHERE:  Maryland, Washington, Maine, Minnesota

In 4 different states, the voters will decide if two people who love each other should be allowed to get married even if they’ve got the same parts. Maine is going for the full monty, voting on allowing same sex marriage. Maryland and Washington state will vote on if they want to keep same sex marriage in their states. And Minnesota, despite the objections of their punter, will vote on if they should amend their constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE: Right To Die
WHERE:  Massachussetts

Massachusetts is going to vote on whether doctors can prescribe medication to a terminally ill person who wants to die. The Death with Dignity Bill is question 2 on the ballot and will allow terminally ill adults with six months or less to live to request a prescription for life-ending medication from their doctor.  Right now it’s legal in 3 states, Washington, Oregon and Montana.  This is the “Right to Die” groups a chance to finally open up an east coast office.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE:  The Death Penalty
WHERE:  California

California is voting on whether to abolish the death penalty in that state. Cally hasn’t carried out a death sentence since 2006 and is one of 33 states that allows the use of the death penalty.   And if Prop 34 passes, the toughest sentence would then be life without chance of parole. Scott Peterson and almost 800 others were really hoping to get an absentee ballot for this year.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE: Smoking
WHERE:  Missouri and North Dakota

Missouri where Prop B is on the ballot, voters will decide if the cigarette tax will be increased by 73 cents a pack. Let’s see if there’s enough people in the Show Me state that want to raise the price of their friend’s cigarettes. And in North Dakota, there’s the extensive state smoking ban which will ban smoking in all public places and most work places including outdoor areas.This ban is so tough, it includes electronic cigarettes.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE: Crime against Criminals
WHERE:  Arizona

Arizona, the “Show Me Your Papers” state will now vote on Prop 114– The Arizona Crime Victims Protection Act. This basically says that if you shoot and kill or injure a criminal while they are committing a felony or feeling from a felony crime, then you can’t be sued later on. Because the last place you want to be after killing a criminal is small claims court.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE:  Rights of Women and Minorities
WHERE:  Oklahoma and Montana

Oklahoma is voting on banning all affirmative action programs in the state and would prohibit any special treatment of minorities. If there were any living there, they might be worried. And Montana is voting on requiring a permission slip signed by a parent before a minor can get an abortion.

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53 comments
Jagger_Lover
Jagger_Lover

Puerto Rico Statehood also on the ballot...

gavin_b
gavin_b

I have yet to hear a non-superstitious, non-homophobic reason why two gay people shouldn't be allowed to marry.

MikeFMD
MikeFMD

Not sure if it was brought up but, the Gay marriage amendment in Maryland is not to keep or ban gay marriage. If it passes churches will NOT be required to perform marriages if they go against the specific religous docturn of those churches. They will also be allowed to deny use of a church facility based on those same beliefs. I'm all for anyone getting married but i don't think the bible thumpers should be forced to perform the ceremony if it goes against their beliefs.

NattyJPuffington
NattyJPuffington

She should have her vagina taken away.  

And she better be against pleasure fucking, sex for procreation only, accidents happen even on birth control.

Most women who have abortions already have a child and realize how difficult it is. 

But I guess being an unwanted child, (forced birth), would be a great way to grow up; but hey, at least you aren’t a rape baby.

archg2
archg2

This conutry is batshit, those are the things we gotta put up to a vote?

Steve in Tampa
Steve in Tampa

Dana can vote on which shape is her favorite.  She should have no more responsibility than that.

JAFO1966
JAFO1966

Wtf you can't smoke in North Dakota? Scary thought

harlequincy
harlequincy

At 20 I recognized that I didn't know everything and kept an open mind, yet this Dana seems to have all the answers.

Cletus from Brooklyn
Cletus from Brooklyn

It's a little frustrating when this POS app keeps looping the show, why am I listening to the intro for the fourth fucking time...

DeathProof
DeathProof

Dana's intelligence is equivalent to that of a 12 year old. Anyone who sleeps with her could potentially be convicted of rape.

SarahMcPants
SarahMcPants

In Wichita, KS we are voting on whether or not to put flouride in the water. I want it to pass but I don't think it will. Also, I would like to know if Dana knows that Obamacare is based on Romneycare from Massachusetts. She is so clueless.

Ray in Pittsburgh
Ray in Pittsburgh

What's more irresponsible getting knocked up while drunk or borrowing $200,000 for online communication classes?

OllieInChicago
OllieInChicago

Not to be a hipster centaur and jump on the anti-Dana bandwagon, but she's incredibly stupid.  She doesn't know how to communicate herself or form sound opinions.  

DeathProof
DeathProof

Ya know. Like, ummm we gotta fight for our right...to party! Whaaaaat!?  -Dana

FanBoy1
FanBoy1

bout time someone tackled affirmitive action, as I recall Obama wanted to do away with this during one of his preelection campaign speeches.... funny that promise like so many others went no place.

Drippy Granny
Drippy Granny

I, like my Asian friends like to call today Erection Day. Yes I'm cool!

Steve
Steve

The guys are terribly misinformed about the Death With Dignity proposition in Massachusetts. The bill is horribly written and does not specifically state that it's for those given less than x amount of time to live. Also, it does not require any kind of counseling or doctor input. The law would allow any depressed individual to walk in to a doctor's office, receive a prescription slip and take it to the pharmacist to receive death pills. There are way too many loopholes in this bill. It's too dangerous. 

FanBoy1
FanBoy1

Loved that Last Caller....... he put Fez in the same mood Fez puts the listeners in Most days.

harlequincy
harlequincy

Show Me State!?, more like Blow Me State!

FanBoy1
FanBoy1

Just vote however you want... then if the outcome isnt how some special interest groups wanted it... they will just tie up the court system with million dollar lawsuits... This proving even further your vote means nothing.

OllieInChicago
OllieInChicago

I like that Mass is considering Euthanasia.  Personally, I think it's one of the most courageous and humane acts a person can take.    

Vanny908
Vanny908

 @gavin_b because a married couple files taxes as a couple and benefits financially from it.  a married gay couple contributes nothing to society that they don't contribute as an individual.  if you want to give gays a certificate and let them be married, then fine.  but it's stupid to reward them financially.

HummusMagnate
HummusMagnate

@gavin_b because then people will want to marry sharks. And that's dangerous for everyone involved. And Fez won't have anything to talk about.

FanBoy1
FanBoy1

 @archg2 Yep among many many other wacky ballot measures.....

John in va
John in va

@DeathProof lololol just crul danas got a sexy voice..lol

OllieInChicago
OllieInChicago

I can't believe she interviewed well enough to get an internship.  Either that or maybe her knees are sore.  

someone
someone

What exactly do you feel married straight couples contribute to society? 

 

I think so called marriage benefits should simply be abolished completely.  The legal instution was created when women we considered property and literally given by their fathers to their husbands. 

 

I say, Legal partnership, no marriage laws, and then everyone can do what they want in their personal lives (gay, straight, bigamost).

SarahMcPants
SarahMcPants

I know, this place is awful but my rent is so cheap it would make you cry.

OllieInChicago
OllieInChicago

 @harlequincy Did you see that HBO doc "How To Die in Oregon"?  It's one of the best docs I've ever seen.  

someone
someone

 @Vanny908 Well biologically, women don't have to be married to give birth so that isn't a legal reason.  If you morally/ethically believe you should only have children, fine, but we are talking about legal rights, and and federal/state marriage benefits do hurt our country, both financially and civil rights.  

 

There are already financial benefits for having children (dependents).  And not every straight married couple chooses not to have children, so what is the legal justification for benefits which still apply to them? 

Vanny908
Vanny908

Straight couples contribute children to society, without which society ceases to exist.  I think it's a good thing for society to reward good behavior, i.e. not having kids until you're married.

 

If you want to let gays get married so they can feel good about themselves, then that's great.  Go for it.  But don't financially reward them for it.

 

You shouldn't get financial benefits just because you now have ass sex with a ring on your finger.

HummusMagnate
HummusMagnate

@gavin_b I'm 'GLAAD' I could enlighten you. GET IT!?!