Will California legalize marijuana? Will the voters in Arizona or South Dakota approve it for medical use? Will new casinos be permitted in Maine or Oregon? And will Oklahoma residents prohibit their courts from any use of international or Shariah law?
These are a few of the questions that will be answered as voters go to the polls between now and next Tuesday. Elsewhere, Coloradans will again vote on the personhood of unborn children. They join voters in Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri in decisions about capping or cutting taxes on property.
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It's kind of tough to keep it all straight – but we have some good news. Pick a state. Any state. Any candidate or ballot initiative, and Faith2Action has done the research for you – or found the folks who did.
What's on the ballot this year for my state? Can I vote early or by absentee ballot? What time are the polls open? Click on your state and find out what you need to know:
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Beyond the candidates, there are some of the critical issues on the ballot:
- Marriage: While none of the states has a marriage amendment to vote on this year, the issue is center stage in at least five states with the Nov. 2 elections.
In Iowa, three of the judges who struck down that state's Defense of Marriage Act are up for retention votes. A vote to deny keeping any of them on the court would send a powerful message. This must be done. It's so important – call everyone you know in Iowa!
Meanwhile, the governor's races in California, Minnesota and New Hampshire and race for the Senate in New York will impact marriage in each of those states. Elections in the other 45 states will also affect how marriage is treated and protected. Please take time to prepare. Your vote matters for marriage and so much more!
- Parental Notification and Personhood: Alaska is asking voters if parents should be required to be notified before their minor child has the destructive surgery of abortion. In Colorado, the voters will decide whether the state constitution should be amended to define "personhood" beginning at conception. Do your friends in Colorado and Alaska know that?
- Drop Climate Change Mandates: California will allow voters to suspend the 2006 "climate change" law that mandates greenhouse-gas reductions until the state's unemployment rate drops below 5.5 percent. Good idea!
- No Shariah: If you have friends in Oklahoma, this is a pre-emptive strike that hopefully will set nationwide precedent: Ban the state courts from using international law or the Muslim extremist Shariah law when making rulings. This should be on the ballot everywhere, including Dearbornistan, Mich.
- Gambling: Maine and Oregon are trying for voter-approved casinos. A bad bet for Oxford County, Maine, and Multnomah County, Oregon – know anyone there?
- Obamacare: We've had seven months since Obamacare was ramrodded through Congress against the will of the American people. What does that mean for us? Insurance premiums are going up. More children are uninsured. Small businesses are cutting back on hiring and expansion. Sixty-nine percent of businesses will have to change their health plans, forcing millions of Americans to change doctors.
These are just a few of the effects of Obamacare, seven months after Congress approved it and the president signed it into law. And many of the regulations and fees won't even go into effect for two or three more years!
However, there is hope. Arizona and Oklahoma are allowing voters to say no to mandatory participation in Obama's socialized medicine – just like Missouri did on Aug. 3. The legal case of 20 states against the individual mandate to purchase insurance could bring down the government plan.
There's another way every voter can work toward the repeal of Obamacare. That's by doing anything they can to elect senators and representatives who will make every effort to repeal it. Find out where the candidates stand at F2A.org (or on the state-by-state list).
I have an idea: Just forward this article (with all its links) to your friends, family and Facebook contacts and prepare to take our country back. Then, fast and pray – only one week until Election Day!