Social Conservatives Keep Watchful Eye On State Ballot Measures

On Election Day 2020, voters in states across the nation made key decisions on various ballot measures.

In Colorado and Louisiana, voters decided on measures that would have limited—or attempted to limit—the availability of abortion. Colorado voters failed to pass Proposition 115, which would have banned abortions at more than 22 weeks’ gestation. According to ABC News, nearly 60% of Colorado residents voted against Proposition 115. In Louisiana, however,  a pro-life state constitutional amendment was passed with 62% of the vote. The amendment bars Louisiana lawmakers from “deeming abortion restrictions unconstitutional should Roe v. Wade be overturned.” The amendment also provides as follows: “‘To protect human life, nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.’”

Sadly, voters in three states—Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey—voted to make recreational marijuana available. The passage of a pot legalization measure in the blue state of New Jersey is no surprise. However, the passage of a similar measure in the swing state of Arizona (a state with a strong Christian policy organization) is troubling, as is the passage of a pot measure in the red state of Montana. Apparently, pot is popular in states across the political spectrum.

The voters of Mississippi approved the establishment of a new state flag that does not include the Confederate Battle Cross.