Mississippi, Ohio Election Recap

Mississippi passes Voter ID requirement: Mississippi voters passed a constitutional amendment, Amendment 27, to require that voters present government-issued identification at the polls.

The amendment seeks to require every person voting in Mississippi to show a driver's license or other government-issued photo ID at the polls.

While supporters called it commonsense legislation, opponents said it could be viewed by black citizens as an attempt to diminish minority voting.

Voters reject ‘Personhood Amendment’: Mississippi voters voted against Amendment 26, a citizens initiative to amend the Mississippi Constitution to define personhood as beginning at fertilization or "the functional equivalent thereof.

The abortion rights movement has won an unexpected victory after voters in Mississippi rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would effectively have barred terminations and some forms of contraception.
Supporters of the "personhood amendment", which declared that fertilised eggs are people, had been confident of victory in the conservative southern state. But 58% of voters rejected the measure after apparently being persuaded by critics who portrayed it as draconian because it made no exceptions for women who are raped, or in cases of incest.

Ohio Votes to Nullify Insurance Mandates: Ohio voters passed Issue Three, a constitutional amendment to preserve their freedom to choose health care and health care coverage. Was this a rebuke to Obama?

It’s not hard to see why voters continue to give the Democrats’ healthcare disaster a failing grade as Democrats fail to live up to their grandiose promises. Employers are already planning to drop health insurance coverage for employees, the law’s price tag is increasing and the cost of healthcare continues to rise. The Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare has also missed 60% of its implementation since the law was rammed through Congress in March 2010.

Ohio Anti-Union Law Struck Down: Ohio voters voted against Issue Two, overturning a former state law limiting public employees' ability to collectively bargain and strike. The law was pushed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Union leaders say they hope it brings about a resurgence for a labor movement long in decline and sends a strong message to other states where lawmakers are thinking about restricting union rights. But they also want to use the outcome as a spark to help re-elect President Obama and put more Democrats in office next year.

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