Voters reject green energy, other issues

November 7, 2012

Same-sex marriage and marijuana ruled the day on ballot questions, but voters fielded a range of such issue Tuesday. 

Missourians narrowly defeated a measure to raise the state's cigarette tax, which pitted the American Cancer Society against cigarette manufacturers in the lead-up to Election Day. The state's cigarette taxes are the lowest in the country, according to St. Louis's KSDK News; the measure would have raised them from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack.

Michigan voted on a major green-energy measure that would have required that 25 percent of the state's energy come from renewable sources. Big utility companies funded the opposition, the Detroit Free-Press reports, and the measure failed by a wide margin.

In Massachusetts, voters turned down the "Death With Dignity" referendum, which would have legalized physician-assisted suicides for terminally ill patients. While not all ballots have been tallied, the vote appears to have been extremely close, reports the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass.

Californians also voted down a referendum that would have slapped a label on genetically engineered food. Prop. 37 would have been the first of its kind in the country, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

In New Hampshire, one ballot measure proposed barring future legislatures from ever passing legislation related to taxes on personal income. New Hampshire is one of only a handful of states without an income tax, but the measure did not get the two-thirds majority required to uphold it, according to New Hampshire Public Radio.

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Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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