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October 18, 2022 46 min
The midterm elections are three weeks away, and candidates aren’t the only ones on the ballot. Voters across the country will decide new laws and policy through ballot initiatives, which can include proposals like legalizing recreational marijuana, funding in-state college tuition, and raising taxes to fight climate change. But how do these issues get on the ballot in the first place, and will they stay there? Vox policy editor Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson) explains. References: The 2022 midterm elections, explained Two states, two visions for the future of labor  The states where the midterms will directly decide the future of abortion access  New Mexico voters are set to weigh in on a constitutional ballot measure for early childhood education this November Sample ballot lookup — Ballotpedia  VOTE411  Hosts: Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill) Credits: Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer Libby Nelson, editorial adviser A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a donation to Vox: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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