Election 2014: Ballot Results

As part of its 2014 Election coverage, Common Dreams highlighted key ballot fights and local campaigns across the country. In small towns, big cities and states nationwide, people and communities consider these issues vital to their individual rights, the health of their communities, and their undeterred hope for a better future. Whether or not you live in a place where one of these local battles took place, the outcomes of these campaigns say much about the state of our democracy. For background on these issues and the specific campaigns, go here. Election Day results follow.

In the absence of federal action on the issue, efforts to increase the minimum wage were on the ballot in five states: Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Read more...

ALASKA: Measure 3
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
X YES 154,516  68.8%  100%
  NO 70,082 31.2%  
ARKANSAS: Issue 5
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 542,179  66% 100%
  NO 280,797 34%  
ILLINOIS: Minimum Wage Increase
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 2,198,881  66.4% 100%
  NO 1,113,963 33.6%  
NEBRASKA: Initiative 425
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 301,968  59.23%  0%
  NO 207,841 40.77%  0%
SOUTH DAKOTA: Measure 18
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 138,622  54.85% 85%
  NO 114,100 45.15%  

Three states this year faced sweeping anti-choice legislation that sought to curtail or eliminate reproductive rights: Colorado, North Dakota, and Tennessee.
Read more...

COLORADO: Amendment 67
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
  YES 89,888  35.87%  100%
 X NO 160,728 64.13%  
NORTH DAKOTA: Measure 1
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
  YES 89,888  35.87%  100%
 X NO 160,728 64.13%  
TENNESSEE: Amendment 1
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 728,751  52.61%  0%
  NO 656,427 47.39%  0%

Voters in communities in California, Texas and Ohio had a chance to ban the dangerous oil and gas drilling practice known as "fracking" this year. Read more...

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Measure P
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 30,732  37.35%  100%
  NO 51,547 62.65%  
SAN BENITO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Measure J
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 5,021  57.36%  100%
  NO 3,733 42.64%  
MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Measure S
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 7,302  67.18%  100%
  NO 3,567 32.82%  
DENTON, TEXAS: Fracking Ban Initiative
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X FOR 14,881  58.64% 100%
  AGAINST 10,495 41.36%  
ATHENS, OHIO: Issue 7
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 2,245  78.28%  100%
  NO 623 21.72%  
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: Issue 4
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 5,268  42.15%  100%
  NO 7,231 87.85%  
GATES MILLS, OHIO: Issue 51
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 313 30.7%  100%
  NO 707 69.3%  
KENT, OHIO: Issue 21
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 0  0%  0%
  NO 0 0%  

Efforts to regulate GMOs were on both state and local ballots. Colorado and Oregon voted on a labeling mandate, while Humboldt and Maui counties voted on planting bans. Read more...

OREGON: Measure 92
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
X YES 610,655  49.08% 100%
  NO 633,451 50.92%  
COLORADO:
Proposition 105
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 595,528  33.22% 100%
  NO 1,196,971 66.78%  
MAUI COUNTY:
Hawaii Moratorium Initiative
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 23,082 50.2%  100%
  NO 22,005 47.9%  
HUMBOLDT COUNTY:
California Measure P
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 17,029 59.43%  100%
  NO 11,624 40.57%  

Washington state voters cast ballots for or against two competing ballot initiatives—one to strengthen, the other to weaken—gun control measures in the state. Read more...

WASHINGTON: Initiative 594
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 724,330  59.72%  0%
  NO 488,625 40.28%  0%
WASHINGTON: Initiative 591
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
  YES 546,375  45.45%  100%
X NO 655,750 54.55%  

Oil giant Chevron dumped millions of dollars into municipal elections in the city of Richmond, Calif. to fight a progressive slate of candidates in what critics said was one of the most egregious examples of a corporate interest using nearly unlimited financial resources to overwhelm local candidates. Read more...

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA:
City Council/Mayor
Our Candidates
Elected Votes Vote %
Reporting
Gayle McLaughlin (Council) YES 4,880  16.91% 100%
Eduardo Martinez (Council) YES 4,214 14.60%  
Jocanka Beckles (Council) YES 4,679 16.21%  
Tom Butt (Mayor) YES 5,537 51.43%  

Efforts to expand legal access to marijuana took place in Washington, D.C., Alaska, and Oregon. Read more...

ALASKA: Measure 2
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 116,803  52%  100%
  NO 107,179 48%  
OREGON: Measure 91
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
X YES 692,669  54.82%  100%
  NO 570,798 45.18%  
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Measure 71
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X FOR 96,113  64.62% 100%
  AGAINST 42,280 28.43%  

As the U.S. system of mass incarceration comes under increasing fire, Californians voted on a measure to reduce prison populations by reducing the penalties for a number of "non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes." Read more...

CALIFORNIA: Proposition 47
Our Vote
Option Votes Vote %
Reporting
 X YES 2,955,206  58.5% 100%
  NO 2,100,278 41.5%