Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=104037
Story Retrieval Date: 5/18/2013 9:01:09 PM CST
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WASHINGTON -- Aside from casting their vote for president on Tuesday, voters across the nation also decided a host of ballot initiatives that impact young Americans. Some measures would have removed barriers that sometimes keep youth from the polls, while several others related to dollars spent on higher education.
Here are a few of those initiatives, and how they were decided:
Voters approved a measure authorizing lawmakers to create a lottery system to fund scholarships and grants for Arkansas citizens enrolled at state colleges.
Citizens voted to let casinos stay open later at night, as well as agreeing to raise the maximum bet allowed under law to $100, from $5. Approximately 6 percent of the money raised from this gambling will go to the state’s community college system.
On the flip side, voters rejected an amendment that would have eliminated a subsidy for oil and gas companies and redirected most of the money to college scholarships.
Colorado citizens also approved a measure to lower the minimum age of candidates for the state’s general assembly to 21, from 25.
Voters said yes to a measure authorizing 17-year-olds who reach the age of 18 before Election Day to participate in a primary.
An amendment that would have given counties the right to impose a sales tax to supplement community college funding was rejected.
A constitutional amendment to lower the minimum age requirement for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, to 25 from 30, was rejected by 78 percent of voters.
Citizens overwhelmingly said yes to a proposal that would ease the voting process by allowing Marylanders to vote early at polling places outside of their election districts up to two weeks before Election Day. The amendment also authorizes the state legislature to expand absentee voting to all residents, as opposed to just those who are unable to make it to the polls.
Maryland residents also approved an amendment to allow slot machines at designated locations in the state. Close to half of the money raised from these slots will go to an education trust fund.
The state’s university system will continue to receive approximately $12.5 million each year from a property tax levy, which citizens voted to renew.
The Cornhusker State approved a constitutional amendment to bar the state or any public college or university from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.
The state voted not to do away with a requirement that says a person must reside in Nevada for six months prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote in that election. The requirement is a blow to students who move to Nevada during an election year for college and wish to vote there.