Election day the American way: why even vote US citizens

The Senate

Every two years, Americans have traditionally re-elected a third of the composition of the upper house of Congress, this time was chosen Senator 34. Before the vote the house was controlled by Republicans, they had 54 seats. Projections indicate that a slight advantage in States where elections were held, was to the Democrats, but the Republicans managed to keep control of the Senate.

The fate of the control of the Senate was decided in Missouri, where Republican Roy blunt managed to keep his place, thus depriving Democrats of the chance to regain control of the chamber. Democrats managed to increase their representation only at one place due to the victory in Illinois.

At the moment we know that Republicans have at least 51 seats in the new composition of the Senate, this means that trump has a chance to loyal to the President upper house of Congress, what happens not so often.

The fate of two places is resolved in Louisiana and new Hampshire. If in the first state the Republicans are almost guaranteed the win, the second representative of this party leads by a whisker after counting 93 percent of the votes. Thus, in the new configuration of the Senate, the Republicans will have 52 or 53 seats.

The house of representatives

The vote in the lower house of Congress was in 435 districts. At the moment the Republicans lose nine seats on the election results, but still quite easily hold the majority. Now they have, according to Politico, there are 235 seats in the House when the necessary 218. This means that for the first time the U.S. President can take complete control of the entire Congress.

The Congress of the United States

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Gubernatorial elections

Their governors elected by the residents of 12 States. At the moment it is not known what the outcome of the vote in two of them — Montana and North Carolina. There is the minimum margin of the leading representatives of the Democrats, the account goes on thousand votes.

The Republicans won the election in six States — new Hampshire, Vermont, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah. The Democrats prevailed in Oregon, Washington, Virginia and Delaware.

At the moment, considering the results of yesterday’s vote, the Republicans have 33 elected Governor, Democrats 14. In two States, the results continue to consider, in one state — Alaska — Governor not depend on the parties, although I was a Republican.

The abolition of the death penalty

Who voted: California, Nebraska, Oklahoma

Before the people of California were two issues relating to the death penalty. The first was the complete abolition of the death penalty in the state — by results of calculation of 78% of the ballots, 54% of Missourians voted against such a radical reform. The second question concerned the possibility of revising the waiting periods for those sentenced to the death penalty to a maximum five years: a quarter of those facing the death penalty in the United States have on California. This amendment is aimed at reducing government expenses to sentenced to death. According to the results of counting of votes, it received support from the Americans.

The people of Nebraska voted for the return of the death penalty in the state. The question was put to a popular vote once in the past year, the local legislature decided to abolish the death penalty, and the state’s Governor, Republican John Peter Ricketts tried unsuccessfully to block it. By results of check more than 96% of the ballots, 61 percent of Missourians voted for the abolition made a year ago of amendments and the return of the death penalty.

In Oklahoma, the decisions on the death penalty was suspended in 2015 after several decisions against innocent people. Residents of the state on 8 November voted to change the procedure for the appointment of capital punishment (66% of the votes), thus, frees the ban on the death penalty.

During protests against the death penalty in the United States. January 2007

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Legalization of sale and use of marijuana for entertainment purposes

Who voted: California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maine, Nevada

California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted for the legalization of marijuana (55%, 53% and 54%, respectively) for entertainment purposes. The laws that will now be developed in relation to the sale of cannabis would be similar to laws regarding sale of alcohol: marijuana will be taxed and will be sold only to adults. Its use will be banned in public places.

Arizona voted against the legalization (52%), in Maine after counting 88% of the votes yet to lead her supporters (50,4%)

Legalization of marijuana for medical purposes

Who voted: Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota

All three States approved the sale of marijuana by prescription for the treatment and relieving symptoms of certain diseases. In Florida it was supported by 71% of voters in North Dakota — 64% Arkansas — 53%.

In addition, residents of Florida voted for the adoption of amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would have legalized medical cannabis throughout the country.

Raising minimum wage labor

Who voted: Arizona, Maine, Colorado, Washington (state)

Residents of all four States where that question was put to the vote, supported the increase in minimum wage labour by 2020. In Arizona, Colorado and Maine minimum wage will increase to $12 from $7.5 to 8.31 an hour. In Washington for four years to increase the minimum wage to $13.5 per hour now it is of $9.47.

Construction city programs

Who voted: the people of San Francisco and Los Angeles

In Los Angeles residents voted for the introduction of the program’s 10-year affordable housing. Program cost — $1.2 billion, for the adoption of the amendments required the votes of more than 2/3 of residents. The results of the vote on this question is still unknown.

Residents of San Francisco proposed to decide whether legislation to limit the installation of street and tents in which the homeless often spend the night. The results of the vote on the amendments, backed by a California billionaire, is still unknown.

The building in Los Angeles. June 2015

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Condoms for porn actors

Who voted: California

In California was put to a vote the amendments on which the actors who starred in porn movies, they would have been obliged to use during the filming of condoms. Residents of the state, according to the results of counting more than 82% of votes were against (54%) of such legal restrictions.

A tax on carbon dioxide emissions

Who voted: Washington (state)

In Washington state, the ballot question was raised about the introduction of the first in the United States of the tax on carbon dioxide emissions. Residents of the state spoke against the introduction of amendments, which from 2018 each ton of emissions would be subject to a tax of $25.