Ballot measures are an important tool for voters, allowing us to weigh in directly on important issues — like clean energy, immigration, LGBTQ equality, voting rights, and more.
Below, you can find information on more than 35 ballot measures from 22 states that voters will debate and decide in the voting booth this year. Make sure to learn more if one of these is on the ballot in your state!
Additionally, there are many other races and ballot measures that will be voted on this year and will have a profound impact on young people’s lives. To find out more about these races and your full ballot, check out Rock the Vote’s other election resources.
Amendment 2 seeks to amend the state constitution to grant “fetal personhood.” Passage of Amendment 2 would also give state officials more power if Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Proposition 127 seeks to require utility companies that sell electricity in Arizona to acquire electricity from a certain percentage of renewable resources each year, such as wind and solar energy.
Proposition 305 seeks to repeal the law passed by the state legislature earlier this year that expanded Arizona’s school vouchers program, which gives public money to parents to pay private school tuition.
Issue 2 seeks to amend the Arkansas Constitution and require Arkansans to present a valid photo ID when voting in person or when casting an absentee ballot. Two previous efforts to enact voter ID in Arkansas have been ruled unconstitutional.
Issue 5 seeks to raise the Arkansas minimum wage in phases to $11 per hour by 2021.
Proposition 10 seeks to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and give local communities the power to adopt local rent control policies.
The current Costa-Hawkins law prohibits cities and counties from applying rent control to apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos and allows landlords to raise the rent with no limits when a unit becomes vacant.
Amendment A seeks to amend the Colorado constitution to abolish slavery. Current language stipulates slavery is allowed as punishment for a crime.
The entire state legislature voted to put Amendment A on the ballot.
Amendment Y seeks to reform the Congressional redistricting process by establishing an independent commission to oversee map drawing, laying out clear map-drawing criteria, and bringing greater transparency to the process. The amendment is the product of bipartisan negotiations and was referred to the voters by the Colorado state legislature.
Amendment Z seeks to reform the state legislative redistricting process by establishing an independent commission to oversee map drawing, laying out clear map-drawing criteria, and bringing greater transparency to the process. The amendment is the product of bipartisan negotiations and was referred to the voters by the Colorado state legislature.
Amendment 73 seeks to fund education through tax increments on income earned above $150,000 and on corporations. It also would ensure that decisions on how to spend the money would be made at the local level.
Proposition 111 seeks to cap interest rates on payday loans at 36%, inclusive of fees and surcharges. Current law allows payday lenders to charge more than 200% interest for small loans.
Amendment 4 seeks to automatically restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals who have served their time and paid their debts. Passing this amendment would change Florida law permanently and restore the eligibility to vote to approximately 1.4 million Floridians.
Proposition 2 seeks to expand Medicaid eligibility in Idaho to everyone under 138% of the poverty line. Passage of Proposition 2 would bring $400 million in federal funds into the state, which would go towards covering health care costs for Idahoans.
Amendment 2 seeks to require a unanimous jury vote for a felony conviction. Louisiana is one of only two states where citizens can be convicted by a non-unanimous jury.
Amendment 2 was referred to the voters by the Louisiana legislature.
Question 1 seeks to enact a tax on income and capital gains above $128,000 per year to fund a Universal Home Care Program (UHCP). The UHCP would provide long-term health care and social services to adults 65 years of age or older or with physical or mental disabilities in their homes at no costs to the individuals or their families.
Question 2 seeks to allow eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on Election Day.
Question 2 was referred to the voters by the Maryland General Assembly.
Question 3 seeks to repeal a 2016 state law that offers protections for transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, hotels, and hospitals.
Proposal 2 seeks to reform the state and Congressional redistricting processes by establishing an independent redistricting commission and a set of map-drawing criteria, including that districts be geographically compact, contiguous, and take communities of interest into account.
Proposal 3 seeks to implement common voting reforms that ensure every eligible person can vote and that every vote will count. Included in the Proposal are provisions for: automatic voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting, and protecting the right to a secret ballot, among others.
Amendment 1 seeks to enact redistricting and ethics reform. It would amend the state constitution to change the process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment, change limits on campaign contributions, and establish limits on gifts that lawmakers and their employees can accept from paid lobbyists.
Proposition B seeks to raise the minimum wage in Missouri in phases to $12 by 2023. It would also impose harsher penalties for employers who pay employees less than the minimum wage.
6-Mill Levy seeks to renew a $6 million tax on real estate and personal property. Revenue from the levy goes to support the state’s university system.
Initiative 185 seeks to raise taxes by $2 on all tobacco products, including currently untaxed e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices. The revenue would be used to further expand Medicaid coverage and other health-related programs.
Initiative 427 seeks to expand Medicaid eligibility to all people under the age of 65 and with incomes equal to or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Passage of Initiative 427 would provide health insurance for 90,000 Nebraskans and bring $600 million in federal funds to the state.
Question 5 seeks to establish and implement automatic voter registration in the state via the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Question 6 seeks to advance clean energy by increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standards from 25% to 50% by 2030.
This amendment seeks to require North Carolina voters to show photo ID to a poll-worker before being able to vote in person.
A federal court previously said that North Carolina’s voter ID law targeted “African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
Issue 1 seeks to reform some drug sentencing laws by making the possession, obtainment and use of certain drugs no more than a misdemeanor, with sentences not exceeding probation for a first or second offense. Issue 1 would also require that state funds saved due to a reduction of inmates be spent on substance abuse treatment, crime victim, probation, and rehabilitation programs.
Measure 105 seeks to repeal the state’s “sanctuary” policies, which currently forbid law enforcement from inquiring about a person’s immigration status or apprehending them unless they are suspected of a criminal offense.
Measure 106 seeks to prohibit public funding from covering the cost of an abortion except when the woman’s life is in danger or in cases of rape and incest.
Proposition 3 seeks to increase the sales tax from 4.7 percent to 4.85 percent to fund Medicaid expansion for people under the age of 65 with incomes equal to or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Passage of Proposition 3 would provide health insurance for 150,000 Utahns and bring $800 million in federal funds to the state.
Proposition 4 seeks to create an independent redistricting commission that will make recommendations to the legislature on the drawing of Congressional, legislative, and school board districts.
Question 1 seeks to increase the gas tax by 10 cents to raise $100 million for K-12 education, with revenue also earmarked for roads and higher education.
Initiative 940 seeks to provide law enforcement with greater violence de-escalation and mental health crisis training across Washington. Passing of Initiative 940 would also create an independent investigation process after the use of deadly force.
Initiative 1631 seeks to enact a carbon emissions fee of $15 per ton of carbon beginning in 2020. The revenue would go into three funds for air quality, water quality, and investments related to the community.
Amendment 1 seeks to amend West Virginia’s Constitution to affirm that no portion of the document protects a woman’s right to an abortion or requires government funds to be spent on the procedure.