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Civil Liberties were on the ballot in states across the country this election year. Voters went to the polls and voted their values on issues like the freedom to marry, reproductive rights, the death penalty and the legalization of marijuana.
From Maine to Minnesota, California to Florida, and Massachusetts to New Mexico, Americans chose freedom. Voters spoke loud and clear about wanting their civil liberties protected, defended and expanded.
Election 2012 will be remembered as the year that civil liberties won big on the ballot.
Prop 36 revises the three strikes law to impose a life sentence only when a new felony conviction is serious or violent. It would also authorize re-sentencing for individuals currently serving life sentences if their third strike conviction was not serious or violent and a judge determines that the new sentence would not pose an unreasonable risk to public safety. Life sentence penalties would remain when an individual’s third strike conviction is for certain non-serious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved a firearm. Life sentence penalties would also remain for felons with non-serious non-violent third strikes if their prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation. PASSED
Referendum 74 asks voters whether they approve of the 2012 marriage law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. PASSED
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