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Before the election, we looked at some of the strangest ballot initiatives before voters. Here is how they all fared:
Floridians were asked whether they thought that the country should pass a balanced-budget amendment. And Floridians do, by a sizable margin, though the passage of this ballot question is entirely meaningless.
Voters in two states were asked if they thought convicted felons should be able to hold elected office. As of today, if you have been convicted of a felony, you can no longer hold elected office in Michigan. And in North Carolina, you can't be a sheriff (that passed 85 percent to 15 percent).
Voters in the state of Washington, which has no income tax, were asked whether they would like to create an income tax just for people who make more than $200,000 a year, in exchange for a 20 percent reduction in property taxes. The measure was supported by Bill Gates (Microsoft founder) and opposed by Steve Ballmer (current Microsoft CEO). Ballmer managed to convince a lot of other people who don't make more than $200,000 a year that lowering their property taxes was a bad idea, and the measure failed.
Rhode Island's official name is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." Because of the slavery era connotations of the world "plantation," some Rhode Island voters thought the state's name should be shortened to simply "Rhode Island." However, Rhode Island voters seem to like the name (which doesn't have anything to do with slavery) by a wide margin.