Post-Election Pop Quiz: What Were 2012's Strangest Ballot Propositions?

marijuanaWhile the main event on Tuesday night was the presidential election, many voters also had the opportunity to amend their local or state laws. Some of these changes were major, and will significantly affect the lifestyles of millions of citizens. For example, as numerous news outlets have already reported, two states -- Colorado and Washington -- voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, while Maryland, Maine and (after a multi-day ballot count) Washington voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

But beyond the big headlines, some of the weirdest statewide changes slid under the radar. With that in mind, we compiled a quiz of some of America's strangest ballot propositions. If you're interested in seeing which states are trying to move into bold new futures (or are preserving odd traditions), take a peek.

Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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Shocked North Dakota voted down the animal proposal since abusing/killing domesticated animals is strongly linked to abusing/killing humans..

November 12 2012 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is all part of the coverup on Obama's handling of Benghazi. The truth that has come out so far is undeniable: Obama knew in real time that Benghazi were under seige by terrorists--he knew it within 15 minutes of the start of the 8-hour seige, because Leon Pannetta knew it, and emails to the White House Situation Room show it. We know Obama is guilty in purposefully letting Ambassador Stephens die for the simple reason that he lied to us about the whole affair. He went to the bed the night of 9/11 knowing that there was a good chance the Ambassador, who knew something Obama did not want the the world to know, and slept while our men were begging for help. Obama even sent a surveyance drone (which was armed and could have dispersed the terrorists, but didn't) to photograph the situation. He made a bald-faced lie of a statement the next day and referred to it as a mob uprising angered over an offensive Internet video--he had his State Department and UN Ambassador state it over and over, including his Press Secretary. He repeated it in his UN speech just two weeks later. He told us on 9/12 he sent the FBI to investigate...they went 3 weeks later and spent only 45 minutes, taking almost no evidence. The buildings still sits unguarded. Obama is a liar and a fraud. He needs to be impeached.

November 11 2012 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to drmaxchartrand's comment

What the hell does any of that have to do with article. Go rant somewhere else.

November 11 2012 at 2:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to powermetal2000's comment

Hate the truth much power?

November 12 2012 at 9:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

Strangest Ballot Propositions? Gay Marriage being on a ballot...that alone is certainly strange for 2012. By now this should be a right to ALL gay Americans. FORWARD!

November 10 2012 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Welcome to the land of fruits and nuts And Democrats..

In the midst of cash-strapped Californians approving new taxes to prevent further cuts in essential state services, San Francisco health officials appear to have found the money to fund what they say is a much-needed service to residents living in the City by the Bay:

Sex changes.

The gender-switching surgeries are part of a comprehensive program for treating transgender people that the city's Health Commission green-lighted on Tuesday and announced two days later. Backers say it will help ease the mental anguish of people who feel they are trapped in bodies of the wrong gender, but critics wonder why the taxpayers should foot the bill.

“Taxpayers cannot afford this, as there are unintended costs and unintended consequences unrelated to the actual surgery, such as their longer-term hormone treatment, psychology needs and other longer term health issues,” said Thomas Moyer, a City by the Bay resident and author of “A Conservative Survival Guide to San Francisco.”

“Taxpayers cannot afford this.”
- Thomas Moyer, a City by the Bay resident and author of “A Conservative Survival Guide to San Francisco.”

Under Mayor Ed Lee, the city's current budget topped $7 billion for the first time in history this year. In addition to the local tax burden, residents have seen their cash-strapped state slash an array of services.

The idea of taxpayer-funded sex change operations came out of talks between public health officials and transgender rights advocates who wanted mastectomies, genital reconstructions and other surgeries covered under San Francisco's universal health care program. City

November 10 2012 at 11:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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i'd rather be a fruit or a nut than a vegetable...

November 11 2012 at 7:03 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply