US Election Round-Up: Flyover Edition

by Jessica Luther

Last night was a BIG night in the US. While the presidential election and high-profile national congressional races got most of the media attention, many cities and states in the US passed measures (some good, plenty bad) that have flown under the radar.

The list below is not comprehensive. If you have more to add, please do so in comments (and I will add it to the list as soon as I can). Thank you to everyone who helped me compile this list.

For a rundown of a lot of the positives that came out of the US elections last night, see Melissa McEwan’s post from earlier today.

Alphabetical by state/territory:



  • 9th Congressional District: Kyrsten Sinema LEADING. If elected, she would be “the first openly bisexual member of the U.S. House.”




  • State-level Amendment 5 (FAILED: an amendment to give “the Senate authority to confirm or deny the appointment of Florida Supreme Court justices by the governor. It also would have made it easier for the Legislature to veto court rules.”)
  • State-level Amendment 6 (FAILED: an amendment to “restrict state funding for abortion, limiting private insurance coverage of abortion care, and stripping privacy rights from teen girls seeking to terminate a pregnancy”)
  • State-level Amendment 8 (FAILED: an amendment to “lift restrictions on state funding of religious institutions”)
  • More on all 11 of Florida’s amendments


  • State-level: ELECTED Mazie Hirono, their first “woman senator as well as the first Japan-born immigrant to be elected to the U.S. Senate,” as well as “the first Buddhist and Asian-American woman” elected to the U.S. Senate.
  • 2nd Congressional District ELECTED Tulsi Gabbard to the House of Representatives (filling Hirono’s old seat). She is the first Hindu-American to serve in the US Congress and is an Iraq war veteran.


  • City of Fishers (FAILED: to create a “hybrid city” with an appointed mayor; PASSED: to become a traditional city). The people of Fishers instead will now elect in 2015 a mayor for the first time in the town (now city’s) history.





  • State-level Question 2 (FAILED: question whether doctors could assist in patient’s suicide)
  • State-level Question 3 (PASSED: question whether to legalize “the use of medicinal marijuana for patients with debilitating diseases”)




  • State-level ballot measure (PASSED: people “under age 16 who seek an abortion will have to notify a parent or seek judicial bypass prior to terminating a pregnancy”)
  • State-level ballot measure (PASSED: denies undocumented “immigrants from obtaining state services from student aid to disability benefits”)


  • State-level Issue 1 (FAILED: to convene “a constitutional convention to decide on ways to revise, amend or change the Ohio Constitution”)
  • State-level Issue 2 (FAILED: to create “a new citizens commission to draw districts in Ohio,” aka “redistricting”)


  • State-level Constitutional Amendment (PASSED: amendment to end “affirmative action in state government hiring, education and contracting practices”)
  • State-level ballot measure (PASSED: “remove the governor from the parole process”)
  • State-level ballot measure (PASSED: “restructure the state’s troubled human services department” by shifting “oversight and power to the governor’s office, which will appoint the agency’s director with the consent of the Oklahoma Senate”)


  • 182nd District ELECTED Brian Sims to Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is “the first openly gay person to be elected” to that body.



  • State-level Referred Law 16 (FAILED: “plan to give bonuses to top teachers, phase out tenure and recruit candidates for critical teaching jobs”)



5 Responses to “US Election Round-Up: Flyover Edition”

  1. Leslie

    In Minnesota, voters defeated two proposed amendments to the state constitution. One would have amended the constitution to define marriage as being one-man, one-woman, and the other would have required voters to show photo ID at the polls. Both proposed amendments failed.


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