Rhode Island Voters to Decide on State's Name

Ballot measures also cover flag, minimum wage
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2020 2:47 PM CST
There Are Other Big Questions Being Asked Today
Voters wait in line outside City Hall as early voting begins for the general election in Rhode Island, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Providence, R.I.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – More than 120 ballot measures could transform state policy this election. In two of those cases, the topic is abortion. In Colorado, Proposition 115 seeks to block abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy unless to save the life of the mother. That's the sole exception that would be provided, reports CBS News. Only 7 states, including Colorado, have no gestational limit on abortion on the books. In Louisiana, voters will decide whether to add a line to the state's Declaration of Rights, reading, "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." This would "ensure that unborn babies all across this state are protected on the day that Roe v. Wade is overturned," state lawmaker Katrina Jackson says, per CBS. Other measures to note:

  • California: If Proposition 22 passes, drivers for companies like Uber, Lyft and Doordash will remain as independent contractors. If it fails, they will be entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, and other benefits as employees, per CNN.

  • Mississippi: Voters will weigh in on a new design for the state flag. The 1894 version, featuring a Confederate battle emblem, was retired this summer. The proposed design features a circle of 20 stars, a magnolia flower in the center, and the words "In God We Trust," per CNN.
  • Rhode Island, Nebraska, Utah: Rhode Island voters will decide whether to scrub "and Providence Plantations" from the state's official name, while voters in Nebraska and Utah will decide whether to remove slavery as punishment for a crime, as laid out in the state constitution.
  • Florida: A proposal in the sunshine state seeks to raise the hourly minimum wage from $8.56 to $10 in 2021. It would then jump $1 annually until it hits $15 in 2026, per Fox News.
  • Illinois: Voters will decide whether to swap the state's flat-rate income tax structure for one that imposes increasingly higher tax rates on higher-earners.
  • And five states are weighing drug-law changes. Read about them here.
(Read more Election 2020 stories.)

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