State Question results
Voters in Tuesday’s election weighed in on 11 state questions that included issues on education, health care and term limits. The results with all 2,229 precincts reporting are listed below.
SQ 744 — FAILED
Yes: 189,127 votes/18.59 percent
No: 828,499 votes/81.41 percent
It would have amended the state constitution, mandating funding for common education be raised to the regional average. The measure did not call for raising taxes; it also did not provide funding for new mandated spending requirements. SQ 744 would have required new increased spending to start in the first fiscal year after its passage.
SQ 746 — PASSED
Yes: 745,967 votes/74.34 percent
No: 257,486 votes/25.66 percent
It aims to prevent voter fraud by requiring all voters to present a valid state-issued ID at polling places. The measure states that the ID must have been issued by the federal, state or tribal government. Identification documents issued by the County Election Board would also be acceptable. This measure will go into effect July 1.
SQ 747 — PASSED
Yes: 695,509 votes/69.88 percent
No: 299,750 votes/30.12 percent
It will set term limits statewide for all elected offices. Service as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of labor, auditor and inspector, superintendent of public instruction and insurance commissioner will be limited to eight years. The corporation commissioner will be limited to 12 years. Officers serving when this measure passed can complete their terms.
SQ 748 — PASSED
Yes: 567,219 votes/58.42 percent
No: 403,682 votes/41.58 percent
This measure will change the number of members of the Apportionment Commission from three to seven. The attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and state treasurer will be removed from the current commission, and an equal number of republicans and democrats will be appointed to the commission by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and governor. The lieutenant governor will chair the commission and act as a non-voting member.
SQ 750 — PASSED
Yes: 485,637 votes/50.40 percent
No: 477,988 votes/49.60 percent
Sets the number of signatures needed to place initiatives or referendums on a ballot to a percentage of voters based on the last gubernatorial election.
SQ 751 — PASSED
Yes: 740,824 votes/75.54 percent
No: 239,875 votes/24.46 percent
Mandates all official state actions be conducted in English. Official state actions are not defined, and may be set by passing laws.
SQ 752 — PASSED
Yes: 606,732 votes/62.83 percent
No: 358,875 votes/37.17 percent
Adds two members to the Judicial Nominating Commission, to weaken the influence of lawyers on the commission.
SQ 754 — FAILED
Yes: 361,859 votes/37.08 percent
No: 614,145 votes/62.92 percent
It would have prohibited lawmakers from using predetermined formulas or expenditures of other states or any entity in determining appropriations of funds.
SQ 755 — PASSED
Yes: 695,568 votes/70.08 percent
No: 296,903 votes/29.92 percent
It will outlaw the use of Sharia Law — an Islamic law, based on the Quran and teachings of Muhammad — in state courts.
SQ 756 — PASSED
Yes: 638,455 votes/64.73 percent
No: 347,908 votes/35.27 percent
The response to the federal health care law will amend the state constitution to allow citizens and businesses a way to opt out. It will prohibit making a person, employer or health care provider participate in a health care system. It will also allow for the direct payment and acceptance of direct payment for treatment.
SQ 757 — PASSED
Yes: 499,230 votes/51.02 percent
No: 479,289 votes/48.98 percent
The Constitutional Reserve Fund will increase, with the amount of money taken from surplus revenue being put into this state savings account in order to cushion the impact of budget crises on the state.
—Daily staff reports