While folks are caught up in the Obama victory, here are some results on important ballot measures in Massachusetts  & California, from the AP, CBS News, NPR & TIME:


  • Ban dog racing. APPROVED
  • Repeal state income tax. DEFEATED
  • Decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. APPROVED


  • Ease punishment for drug offenders. DEFEATED
  • Require utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable energy by 2010. DEFEATED
  • Ban cramped cages for egg-laying hens, calves, pigs. APPROVED
  • Writes 17 specific crime victims’ rights into the state Constitution. APPROVED
  • Ban on gay marriage. APPROVED
  • Parental notification when seeking abortion. DEFEATED

See also Time Magazine’s ballot article.