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Topic - Jennie Bowser
Ballot measures on marijuana and marriage are drawing the lion's share of media attention across the country, but other propositions included on this year's ballot could affect everything from the food you eat to how much you pay in taxes.
Maryland voters are getting the chance in November to get rid of the new congressional district map, marking the first time in 50 years that a referendum on redistricting has made it to the state ballot.
Voters in Maine, Mississippi and Washington will decide election-reform questions this November, joining a wave of 36 states that in 2011 moved to increase identification requirements, limit the early-voting period, or toughen up registration rules.
Any pol will tell you that there's no good time to try to sell a tax increase to voters, and that a period of deep economic uncertainty is even worse — unless that pol is Colorado state Sen. Rollie Heath, who insists there's no time like the present.
"In a typical election year, we might see three or four popular referendums, and this year we have 12," said Jennie Bowser, senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. "It's all very partisan and we're seeing it on both sides of the spectrum. It's that political polarization playing out on the ballot."
"California is such a big market that it's going to change labeling nationwide. That's why the amount of money being poured in is so massive," said Mrs. Bowser.