Initiative & Referenda Progressive Threats and Pushback


On The Ballot

  • Alabama: Healthcare nullification
  • Arizona: Judicial Selection 
  • California: Auto Insurance Rates
  • Florida: Healthcare nullification, No public funds for abortion, Supreme Court overhaul, Blaine Amendment repeal 
  • Maryland: DREAM Act referendum
  • Minnesota: Same-sex marriage ban
  • Missouri: Voter ID
  • Montana: Parental notification, Proof of citizenship, Healthcare nullification 
  • North Carolina: Same-sex marriage ban
  • North Dakota: Religion amendment/right to refusal 
  • Oklahoma: Affirmative action ban
  • Wyoming: Healthcare nullification

Potential Measures

  • California: Parental notification (initiative), Personhood (initiative), Repeal of Dream Act (initiative), Repeal of Environmental Protection Laws (initiative), Repeal of FAIR education Act (initiative), Repeal of same-sex marriage ban (initiative), Insurance rates accountability (initiative) 
  • Colorado: Personhood (initiative)
  • Florida: Personhood (initiative), Repeal of same-sex marriage ban (initiative)
  • Kansas: Healthcare nullification (referral)
  • Maine: Marriage equality, Renewable Energy (initiative)
  • Massachusetts: Death with Dignity
  • Minnesota: Voter ID (referral)
  • Missouri: Payday loan reform (initiative)
  • Montana: Personhood (initiative)
  • Nebraska:  Repeal of same-sex marriage ban (initiative)
  • Nevada: Personhood (initiative)
  • Ohio: Personhood (initiative), Repeal of voter suppression law (initiative)
  • Oregon: No public funds for abortion (initiative), Right to life (initiative)
  • South Dakota: Islamophobic Sharia Law ban (referral)

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