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Don't Have Your I.D.? You Can't Vote on a Regular Ballot, Says Initiative.

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80 initiatives and referenda and are out and about around the state with advocates trying to collect enough signatures so they can qualify for an upcoming election ballot. You might see people at farmers markets asking you to support the initiative for state parks or maybe you signed the one to legalize marijuana, which has already been turned inand will appear on the November ballot, pending signature verification.

A handful of new initiatives were cleared for signature gathering yesterday, the Secretary of State announced. If approved for the ballot, voters will be asked to prohibit voting for some, weaken environmental laws during high rates of unemployment and make it harder for taxes, levies and charges to be imposed by the state legislature. Here are the summaries of each:

  • Prohibits citizens from casting a regular ballot at the polls unless they present a government-issued photo-identification card. Restricts voting by citizens who fail to present government-issued photo-identification to casting provisional ballots... More info (.pdf)
  • Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year. Two of these are being circulated, one for a unemployment rate drop to 4.8 percent or less for four consecutive quarters and one for a 5.5 percent drop under the same circumstances. Read more here and here, respectively (.pdfs)
  • Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Legislature's Two-Thirds Vote on State Taxes and Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges.... And Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Local Levies and Charges with Limited Exceptions. Read more here and here, respectively (.pdfs)
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