Alabama Vote On Whether To Remove Racist Language From State Constitution, And Other Ballot Measures

Submitted by Airdelapaz

Alabama is deciding whether to remove racist language from its Constitution that states that “separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children.”

The amendment has drawn surprising opposition* from Democrats and other group who argue that the proposal contains a “poison pill” that would strike the constitution’s mandate for public schools, replacing it with ”nothing in this constitution shall be construed as creating or recognizing any right to education or training at public expense.”

Here are some other ballot measures:

Legalize Marijuana: Colorado, Oregon and Washington state will vote on whether to legalize marijuana within their states…

Restrict Abortion: States passed a wave of abortion restrictions in the past legislative session. Only two, however, have ballot initiatives this year related to abortion access. In Florida, Amendment Six would prohibit public funding from paying for abortions. This could have the biggest impact on the future of the state’s Medicaid program…

A personhood amendment in Oklahoma, that would have asked voters to decide whether life begins at conception, was rejected by the Supreme Court, which declared the proposal “clearly unconstitutional.”…

Push Back against Obamacare: Wyoming, Florida, Alabama, and Montana all have ballot measures that would prohibit any individual or employer from being forced to participate in a health-care system and/or purchase health insurance…

Gay Marriage: In Minnesota, there’s a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would ban gay marriage. In Washington state, Maine and Maryland, there are ballot measures that would allow gay marriage. (In Maine, the measure would repeal the state’s 2009 ban on gay marriage.)