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While US citizenship has focused on elections to both congress houses, as well as governor posts and state legislators, Americans also voted on a number of other issues hugely important for their neighborhood.
In Florida, residents who had served prison returned voting rights. In San Francisco, a controversial tax on companies passed to help the homeless.
Here are some of the highlights:
The Vote of the California City has voted for Proposition C ̵
1; a controversial action breeder says that will greatly help the city to resolve its violent homelessness crisis.
It will result in an estimated $ 250m – $ 300m (£ 190m – £ 228m) per year in value added tax from about 400 of the city’s largest companies, which will be specifically spent on the issue.
Of course, this means that the measure has been perceived as a tax on the technical giants that dominate this part of the world – companies often required to raise living costs and drive thousands on the streets.
More than $ 7m spent on campaign The majority ($ 5.7m) supported the action.
Prop C’s biggest supporter was Marc Benioff, the charismatic CEO of Salesforce – a company that would be among those who are taxed. Benioff, who most suspiciously has his own political ambitions, supported the campaign with about $ 1 million of his own money.
The counter count included Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, who engaged in much public debates with Benioff about the benefits of the plan, where else, Twitter.
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Perhaps surprisingly, a tax critic was the mayor of London Breed. She quoted lack of adequate responsibility for existing means of combating homelessness as a reason not to gather even more.
But it passed. The money will go to things like rent subsidies, permanent housing assistance, hygiene measures and more. It will not solve homelessness overnight, but what a majority of San Francisco voters touch – it’s a beginning.
Initiatives as law groups say have the potential to prevent the woman’s right to abortion where in the vote in Alabama, Oregon and West Virginia.
The voters in Alabama and West Virginia approved amendments to their state constitutions that could restrict access to abortions for women.
With most votes, people in Alabama with a clear margin returned an amendment that allowed the state to “admit and support the sanctuary of unborn lives and the non-existent rights of children.”
The margin was narrower in West Virginia, where people approved an amendment saying “nothing in this constitution ensures or protects a right to abortion or requires funding for abortion.” The measure prevents federal money from being used to fund abortions and may affect women with low incomes.
Voters in Oregon seem to have rejected a similar measure to limit government funds for abortions, according to partial returns.
Women’s rights groups say that the actions approved by Alabama and West Virginia could lead to a complete ban on abortion in these states if the Supreme Court in conservative majority refuses the 1973 Court as legitimized abortion.
An estimated 1,200,000 residents in Florida who served in prison have regained voting rights, thanks to a new constitutional amendment.
Amendment 4 received 65% of the vote, according to the Miami Herald, which changed the 150-year-old language in the state constitution.
Earlier, Florida was one of only four states in the United States that automatically and permanently revoke voting rights from all those convicted of crime. They could apply for complaints, but had to wait five years until they were released and then search at the governor’s office. Since 2011, Republican Governor Rick Scott has just given the vote back to about 2,000 people.
To be eligible now, former prisoners must have completed their sentences and all the terms of their release, including trial. The amendment language excludes those convicted of murder and serious sexual offenses, but supporters still appreciate that more than 1 million people who have been in prison will be newly appointed to vote.
A cross-border coalition gathered about 800,000 signatures to receive the amendment on 6 November’s vote. The action needed 60% to pass.
The language that abolished the right to vote from crimes was written in the state constitution 150 years ago during the rebuilding period after the Civil War, as a means of preventing African Americans from voting.
Supporters of the amendment claimed for several months to prevent previously involved from voting unfair disenfranchised men and women who had repaid their debt to society and prevented them from fully integrating into society. They also argued that such laws disproportionately affect African Americans.
It had a powerful background, including celebrities such as the singer John Legend and Orange, the new black author Piper Kerman.
Voters in Massachusetts approved a measure that provides protection for transgender and non-binary people – making it the first state in the United States to do so.
They agreed to maintain a law, first signed in 2016, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of gender in public places.
The voices in four states were asked to decide on the legalization of cannabis – for recreational use in Michigan and North Dakota and for medical treatment in Utah and Missouri.
Not all voices have yet been counted, but forecasts only suggested that North Dakotans had voted against legalizing the drug.
If the result is confirmed, Michigan becomes the first US citizen state to allow adults over 21 years to both have and grow small amounts of marijuana. It will also charge a 10% tax on companies selling the drug.
Utah’s action allows privately-owned chemists to sell cannabis to people with qualified diseases while in Missouri, patients have been given permission to grow their own cannabis for medical use.
Thirty-three US states have now legalized cannabis for medical use, while nine states have approved for recreational use.