Key 2006 Statewide Ballot Initiatives and Referenda

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Nov. 7, 2006

Marijuana | Marriage | Minimum Wage | Stem Cells | Others of Interest


The most-watched abortion measure this year is in South Dakota, where a ballot initiative seeks to repeal the state's strict new ban on abortion.

Voters in two other states -- California and Oregon -- will consider proposals to place further restrictions on abortions for minors.


Medical marijuana and decriminalization initiatives will be under consideration in three states -- Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota:


Ballot initiatives to ban same-sex marriage and/or define marriage strictly as a union between one man and one woman will be voted on in eight states:


Proposals to raise the minimum wage are on the ballot in six states:


Missouri voters would protect the rights of scientists to conduct stem cell research and patients to receive resulting treatments.


Arizona: Two immigration-related proposals are on the ballot. One would prohibit a person who is in the country illegally from receiving damages awarded in a civil action.

The other would bar illegal aliens from participating in several state-funded education programs.

Also on the Arizona ballot is a proposal to declare English the state's official language:

Colorado: One immigration-related proposal is on the ballot. It would direct the attorney general to initiate a lawsuit to demand the enforcement of immigration laws by the federal government.

Michigan: Voters will consider an initiative to bar the University of Michigan and other state universities, the state, and all other state entities from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.


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