2005 Ballot Initiatives: Mixed Bag for Libertarians

Governing.com has the best roundup of how the ballot measures did. I’ll attempt to dissect how libertarian ideals fared.

In California the Libertarian Party actually posted a handy guideline to the initiatives, here’s the matchup on how things went (results indicate all measures failed):

Prop. 73 (Parental Notification): No position. Result: No
Prop. 74 (Teacher Tenure): Yes. Result: No
Prop. 75 (Paycheck Protection): Yes. Result: No
Prop. 76 (Live Within Our Means): Yes. Result: No
Prop. 77 (Redistricting): Yes. Result: No
Props. 78 and 79 (Prescription Drug Prices): No. Result: No
Prop 80 (Energy re-regulation): No. Result: No

In Ohio the Libertarian Party urged voters to vote “no” across the board, here’s the election results:

Issue One (High-Tech Spending Package): No. Result: Yes
Issue Two (No Questions Absentee Ballot): No. Result: No
Issue Three (Lower Individual Contribution Limits): No. Result: No
Issue Four (Redistricting): No. Result: No
Issue Five (Election Board): No. Result: No

In New York the Libertarian Party called for a “no” vote for giving more power to the legislature to craft the state budget, calling the budget amendment a “trick.” The measure failed.

In Maine, voters rejected a referendum that would have thrown out a law, passed by the legislature this year, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. A win for libertarians.

In Texas, an amendment banning same-sex marriage passed. A loss for libertarians who don’t want any state control of marriage.

Washington State banned smoking in any indoor public place. A loss for running your business as you see fit. Yet Seattle killed the monorail by rejecting funding (win for libertarians). Maybe Disney will buy the blueprints for the plan.

UPDATE: Tim West has posted some preliminary Libertarian vote totals over at LFS. The most favorable result is:

VA House of Delegates District 36 with 92% of the precincts in

K R Plum Democratic 15,071 79.14%
D E Ferguson Libertarian 3,912 20.54%

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

3 Comments
  1. The big winner of last night might be Tom DeLay.

    Ohio rejected electoral reform that certainly would have led to more Democratic seats in Congress, and California rejected Proposition 77 which would have given the Democrats a chance to pick up seats in California.

    The odds of another Republican Congress just went way up.

  2. I do not feel that voting out mass transit is a win unless the budget proposal was bloated and the plans incorrectly laid. For instance… here in Arizona we had a mass transit system on the ballot (which I voted against) pass. This mas transit system will not service enough areas in my opinion to be as useful as it could.

    I feel the most appropriate way to use the “light-rail” system would be slapping it in the middle of the already existing highways and the planned (currently being expanded) highways. As is, it will only service a small area running from a couple of downtown city areas to other downtown city areas.
    http://www.azrail.org/lightrail/1999.htm

    Too me personally it looks more like someone’s pet project rather than a truly creative way to address our urban sprawl.

  3. To quell the obvious argument that my idea would cost more…

    Yes it most likely would… but then again it would not be as much of a waste and LESS homes would be snatched up through EMINENT DOMAIN.

    Therefore… in my opinion cheaper through overall ROI.