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Major Progressive Victories (and Some Defeats) in Ballot Measures Across the Country

From gay marriage to education funding to healthcare -- there were some huge policy issues Americans voted on.

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To date, there have been five state votes on "death with dignity" questions. Washington first rejected it in 1991 but approved it in 2008. California and Michigan voters rejected it in the 1990s. But Oregon passed it in 1994.

11. Food Labeling

California’s Proposition 37 requiring that food labels disclose if any ingredients come from genetically altered products appeared to be headed to defeat. With 64 percent of precincts reporting, only 45 percent of voters supported it. The proponents were outspent six-to-one by a coalition of the nation’s largest corporate chemical and food manufacturers. The measure sought to make food labeling a national issue.  

12. Anti-Abortion Amendments

Reproductive rights saw an urban state victory and rural state defeat on Tuesday.

In Florida, voters defeated Amendment 6 by 55 percent to 45 percent, which said “that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.” The vote is a big victory for reproductive rights, as 600,000 more Floridians took a pro-choice stance. 

In Montana, however, repreductive rights appeared headed for a defeat with what appears to be the passage of a ballot measure requiring parental notification of minors seeking an abortion. With one-third of precincts reporting, 69 percent of voters favored parental notification. 

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, the low-wage economy, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).

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