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Libertarian Issues That Won in 2014 Including Marijuana Legalization and More

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Source: Vox
Source: Vox

The Libertarian Election Results this year were amazing! Not only did we receive more votes than in 2012, but we also secured ballot access in several new states. See this previous article for more information on the highest vote percentages and vote totals.

Libertarian candidates weren’t the only ones that did well this year. In many states there were ballot initiatives that represented libertarian values. Those ballot issues actually won too, and some passed with more than 90% support.

There were more issues than just marijuana legalization, although Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. legalizing marijuana are huge. That will pave the way for even more states to legalize marijuana in 2016. Marijuana legalization is an issue with nearly 60% support nationwide, and one that Libertarians have supported since the beginning.

Other libertarian issues that won big besides marijuana legalization were issues such as States’ sovereignty and rights, 2nd Amendment rights, patients’ rights, agency review, State budget requirements, transparency, and more.

There were also many Statist propositions that failed including their attempts to raise their pay, increase regulation, increase spending, and others. Those losses also count as Libertarian issue victories.

Here are the rest of the Libertarian Issues that won in 2014

(sourced from NY Times Elections)

Alabama

State Amendment 1: Amended the State Constitution to ban recognition of foreign laws. Passed with 72.3% of the vote.

State Amendment 3: Amended the State Constitution to strengthen the rights of citizens to bear arms. Passed with 72.4% of the vote.

State Amendment 4: Amended the State Constitution to require 2/3rds majority vote to pass unfunded mandates. Passed with 56.3% of the vote.

State Amendment 5: Amended the State Constitution to affirm citizens’ rights to hunt and fish. Passed with 79.8% of the vote.

Alaska

Ballot Measure 2: Will Legalize the possession and sale of marijuana. Passed with 52.1% of the vote.

Arizona

Proposition 122: Amended the State Constitution to allow the State to opt out of unconstitutional federal laws. Passed with 51.4% of the vote.

Proposition 303: Will allow terminally ill patients to try medical treatments not yet approved by the FDA. Passed with 78.3% of the vote.

Proposition 304: Would have raised state legislators pay to $35,000 a year. Rejected by 68.4% of the vote.

Arkansas

Issue 1: Amended the State Constitution to allow the Legislature to review State Agencies rules. Passed with 59.1% of the vote.

California

Proposition 2: Will require the State to increase its budget reserves. Passed with 68.8% of the vote.

Proposition 45: Would have required State Insurance Commissioner to approve rate adjustments. Rejected by 59.8% of the vote.

Proposition 46: Would have required drug tests, and raised medical negligence cap to $1.1 million. Rejected by 67.2% of the vote.

Proposition 47: Will reduce penalties for non-violent drug offenders. Passed with 58.5% of the vote.

Colorado

Amendment 67: Would have designated ‘personhood’ to fetuses. Victory for pro-choice Libertarians, Loss for pro-life Libertarians. Rejected by 64.7% of the vote.

Proposition 104: Will require school district meetings to be open to the public. Passed with 70% of the vote.

Proposition 105: Would have required labeling for GMOs. It’s a Victory for libertarians who don’t want more regulation and want the market to determine labeling.  It’s a Loss for libertarians who think the government has a right to demand information from companies in the form of labeling. Rejected by 65.9% of the vote.

D.C.

Intitative 71: Legalization of possession and sale of marijuana. Passed with 69.4% of the vote.

Georgia

Amendment A: Amended the State Constitution to prohibit an increase in the maximum state income tax. Passed with 73.9% of the vote.

Hawaii

Amendment Judicial Nominee Selection: Amended the State Constitution to require public disclosure of finalists for judicial vacancies. Passed 88.1% of the vote.

Amendment 1084: Would have amended the State Constitution to allow the state to spend public money on private programs. Rejected by 54.5% of the vote

Kansas

Amendment 1: Will allow nonprofits to hold charitable raffles. Passed with 74.6% of the vote.

Louisiana

Proposition 4: Would have created a new State infrastructure bank. Rejected by 67.5% of the vote.

Proposition 7: Amended the State Constitution to extend property tax break to disable veterans. Passed with 74.4% of the vote.

Proposition 11: Would have amended the State Constitution to increase the number of executive branch departments. Rejected by 70.1% of the vote.

Maine

Question 1: Would have restricted hunter’s rights. Rejected by 53.4% of the vote.

Maryland

Question 1: Amended the Constitution to require transportation funds be spent on transportation projects. Passed with 81.6% of the vote.

Massachusetts

Question 1: Repealed the 2013 Gas Tax that increased every year by inflation. Passed with 53% of the vote.

Question 2: Would have expanded the State’s bottle and can deposit (spending) to non-alcoholic beverages. Rejected by 73.5% of the vote.

Question  Would have repealed a law allowing resort-style casinos. Rejected by 60.1% of the vote.

Mississippi

Amendment: Amended the State Constitution to add the right to hunt and fish. Passed with 88% of the vote.

Missouri

Amendment 2: Amended the State Constitution to allow evidence of prior criminal acts in prosecutions for sex crimes against minors. Passed with 72% of the vote.

Nevada

Question 1: Amended the State Constitution to create a State appeals court. Passed with 53.8% of the vote.

Question 3: Would have imposed a 2% margins tax on businesses. Rejected by 78.7% of the vote.

New York

Proposal 1: Amended the State Constitution to establish a redistricting commission. Passed with 57.3% of the vote.

North Dakota

Measure 1: Would have designated ‘personhood’ to fetuses. Victory for pro-choice Libertarians, Loss for pro-life Libertarians. Rejected by 64.1% of the vote.

Measure 2: Amended the Constitution to prohibit mortgage and property transfer taxes. Passed with 75.7% of the vote.

Oklahoma

Question 769: Will allow government officials to serve in the National Guard and other military positions. Passed with 69.4% of the vote.

Question 770: Amended the Constitution to allow disabled veterans to transfer homestead tax exemptions. Passed with 90.4% of the vote.

Question 771: Amended the Constitution to expand homestead exemption to surviving spouses of military personnel who died in the line of duty. Passed with 90.5% of the vote.

Oregon

Measure 86: Would have amended the State Constitution to allow the State to incur more debt. Rejected with 57.8% of the vote.

Measure 87: Amended the Constitution to allow judges to be employed by the National Guard or universities, allowed school employees to serve in the Legislature. Passed with 57.3% of the vote.

Measure 89: Amended the Constitution to prohibit the government from denying equal rights based on sex. Passed with 63.8% of the vote.

Measure 90: Would have created a top two primary system. Rejected by 68.2% of the vote.

Measure 91: Legalization of marijuana possession and sale. Passed with 55.6% of the vote.

Measure 92: Would have required labeling for GMOs. It’s a Victory for libertarians who don’t want more regulation and want the market to determine labeling.  It’s a Loss for libertarians who think the government has a right to demand information from companies in the form of labeling. Rejected by 50.5% of the vote.

South Carolina

Amendment 1: Amended the State Constitution to allow non-profits to hold charitable raffles. Passed with 82.7% of the vote.

South Dakota

Amendment Q: Amended the State Constitution to allow expanded types of gambling. Passed with 56.7% of the vote.

Tennessee

Amendment 3: Amended the State Constitution to prohibit the Legislature from levying any tax on earned personal income. Passed with 66.2% of the vote.

Amendment 4: Amended the Constitution to allow veterans groups to hold charitable lotteries. Passed with 69.6% of the vote.

Utah

Amendment A: Would have allowed the State Tax Commission to be dominated by one party or the other instead of remaining balanced. Rejected by 59.5% of the vote.

Virginia

Amendment: Amended the State Constitution to create a property tax exemption for surviving spouses of military personnel killed in action. Passed with 87.1% of the vote.

West Virginia

Amendment 1: Amended the State Constitution to exempt properties owned by nonprofits from property taxes. Passed with 61.9% of the vote.

Wisconsin

Referendum: Amended the State Constitution to direct transportation fees to designated funds restricted to use on transportation projects. Passed with 79.9% of the vote.

If you have any other Propositions/Issues/Amendments that you think should be added to this list, or removed, make your argument in the comments below.


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