Ballot Initiatives to Watch

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September 28, 2012, 7:44 am

(CBS) Voters in every state on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to
influence the trajectory of the nation when they cast their vote for
president. In a handful of states, voters can specifically influence
history on a few significant issues like marriage, marijuana and
genetically modified food.

Across 34 states this year, voters will weigh in on 159 ballot initiatives, according to the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California. Here’s a look at some worth watching:

Same-sex marriage

Same-sex
marriage has been the subject of legal debate for two decades, but 2012
may be the first year a ballot initiative in favor of same-sex marriage
passes. There are four states this November with marriage questions on
the ballot.

In Maine, Question 1 asks voters, “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?” Polls show most Maine voters support the initiative, but it could be a close call.

Maryland’s
Question 6 asks voters to uphold a law permitting same-sex marriage
that Gov. Martin O’Malley signed in March 2012. A poll from May shows strong support for the law.

Similarly,
Washington state’s R-74 asks voters to either approve or reject the law
passed earlier this year that allows same-sex marriage. As of August,Article source: http://www.kmjnow.com/pages/landing?Ballot-Initiatives-to-Watch=1&blockID=635863&feedID=806

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