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2014 Election 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.

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
ElectedVotesVote %
Reporting
Gayle McLaughlin (Council)YES4,880 16.91%100%
Eduardo Martinez (Council)YES4,21414.60% 
Jocanka Beckles (Council)YES4,67916.21% 
Tom Butt (Mayor)YES5,53751.43% 

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
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
XYES610,655 49.08%100%
 NO633,45150.92% 
COLORADO:
Proposition 105
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES595,528 33.22%100%
 NO1,196,97166.78% 
MAUI COUNTY:
Hawaii Moratorium Initiative
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES23,08250.2% 100%
 NO22,00547.9% 
HUMBOLDT COUNTY:
California Measure P
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES17,02959.43% 100%
 NO11,62440.57% 

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
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES724,330 59.72% 0%
 NO488,62540.28% 0%
WASHINGTON: Initiative 591
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 YES546,375 45.45% 100%
X NO655,75054.55% 

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

ALASKA: Measure 2
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES116,803 52% 100%
 NO107,17948% 
OREGON: Measure 91
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
XYES692,669 54.82% 100%
 NO570,79845.18% 
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Measure 71
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XFOR96,113 64.62%100%
 AGAINST42,28028.43% 

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
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES2,955,206 58.5%100%
 NO2,100,27841.5% 

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
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES30,732 37.35% 100%
 NO51,54762.65% 
SAN BENITO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Measure J
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES5,021 57.36% 100%
 NO3,73342.64% 
MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Measure S
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES7,302 67.18% 100%
 NO3,56732.82% 
DENTON, TEXAS: Fracking Ban Initiative
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XFOR14,881 58.64%100%
 AGAINST10,49541.36% 
ATHENS, OHIO: Issue 7
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES2,245 78.28% 100%
 NO62321.72% 
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: Issue 4
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES5,268 42.15% 100%
 NO7,23187.85% 
GATES MILLS, OHIO: Issue 51
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES31330.7% 100%
 NO70769.3% 
KENT, OHIO: Issue 21
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES0 0% 0%
 NO00% 

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
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
X YES154,516 68.8% 100%
 NO70,08231.2% 
ARKANSAS: Issue 5
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES542,179 66%100%
 NO280,79734% 
ILLINOIS: Minimum Wage Increase
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES2,198,881 66.4%100%
 NO1,113,96333.6% 
NEBRASKA: Initiative 425
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES301,968 59.23% 0%
 NO207,84140.77% 0%
SOUTH DAKOTA: Measure 18
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES138,622 54.85%85%
 NO114,10045.15% 

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
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 YES89,888 35.87% 100%
 XNO160,72864.13% 
NORTH DAKOTA: Measure 1
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 YES89,888 35.87% 100%
 XNO160,72864.13% 
TENNESSEE: Amendment 1
Our Vote
OptionVotesVote %
Reporting
 XYES728,751 52.61% 0%
 NO656,42747.39% 0%
  
  
 
 
  
  

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