Upcoming Ballot Measures
Many have said that President Bush's 2004 victory was at least in part due to the large amount of ballot measures that preemptively restricted same-sex marriages or civil unions. In light of that, we may want to take a look at some measures on the ballot in the coming election. These measures in swing states may prove to be the difference between President McCain and President Obama.
Colorado has a plethora of measures on the ballot: 15 constitutional amendments and 3 initiative statutes will be voted upon in November. Of particular interest is the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative , which essentially bans affirmative action in public employment or education. Colorado also has measures on the ballot to define a person as any fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus, as well as issues relating toward mandatory employee-sponsored health care and union regulation . So many issues would seem to confuse who would be helped in Colorado.
Florida's only measure of any consequence is a ban on gay marriage and civil unions . Certainly this will work in McCain's favor as it did with President Bush.
Last but not least, Ohio has several measures on the ballot. The only one that might help Obama is a referendum on payday lending regulations . The Ohio legislature capped all payday lenders at 28% APR. Lending businesses said that they would not be able to stay in business without being allowed to charge their previous rates (often approaching 391% APR) for these short-term loans. To remedy this, the businesses launched a referendum campaign to allow voters to vote on the issue directly.
Note: I apologize for all the links to Ballotpedia, but they are the only centralized reference I can find on this subject. Also, some of the issues are still awaiting approval, so this is only a tentative list.