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Election Day: What Else is Being Voted on Today?
The nation is electing the man who will lead the country as President for the next four years…but there are many other officials and issues being voted on in precincts nationwide.
The entire House of Representatives is up for election, while 1/3 of the seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs. As voters cast their ballots for those jobs, some will also elect the person to lead their state government.
FOX News Radio’s Hank Weinbloom reports:
In West Virginia, it’s all about coal.
(Maloney) “We need to be proactive, take on Obama’s EPA. We need to promote coal.”
Republican candidate for Governor, Bill Maloney, and the Democrat, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, singing similar tunes.
(Tomblin) “I know how important those coal miners’ jobs are, and I’ve been fighting from the first day I’ve been in office with the EPA because they are overstepping their bounds.”
Tomblin is steering clear of President Obama, who has low favorable ratings in his state. The race in West Virginia is one of a half-dozen Gubernatorial elections that are considered close contests. In all, voters in 11 states elect governors today.
Hank Weinbloom, FOX News Radio.
It’s not just people and offices that are being voted on today. In six states, voters will “hash” out the right to roll a joint.
FOX News Radio’s Kirstin McNary reports:
Colorado, Oregon and Washington will all vote on measures that essentially legalize pot, to varying degrees. Colorado’s would allow anyone over 21 to buy or possess up to an ounce, a move Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says will cause Colorado to lose its cachet as a healthy vacation and business destination.
(Hancock) “Becoming the marijuana capital of the country will not boost this progress, it will only hurt it.”
Massachusetts, Montana and Arkansas all have medical marijuana-related initiatives on their ballots.
Kirstin McNary, FOX News Radio.
In four states, same-sex marriage will be an issue that’s decided by voters, not by the state legislature.
FOX News Radio’s Kirstin McNary has more:
Washington’s referendum is to either approve or reject same-sex marriage, which is scheduled to become legal in December. Minnesota’s amendment would ban gay marriage, but allow civil unions. On Election Eve, Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley reaffirmed his support for a measure to uphold the state legislature’s approval of same-sex marriage earlier this year.
(O’Malley) “The bill that is before the voters on Referendum of Question 6 protects religious freedom and protects every child’s home equally under the law.”
And Maine voters could re-legalize same-sex marriage after it was overturned in 2009.
Kirstin McNary, FOX News Radio.