Working Families Guide to Important State Ballot Measures This Election

This election isn’t only about choosing elected leaders to represent working families in the White House, Congress, state legislatures and at the municipal level; there are also measures on the ballot on Election Day in several states. Many of the issues on the ballot will have a significant impact on the lives of working families, and it's important that voters don't look past these on Election Day.

Check below to learn more about some of the key measures on the ballot in states around the country:



  • Amendment 8: This measure would enshrine Alabama’s "right to work" law in the state constitution. Vote NO on Amendment 8.


  • Prop. 206—The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act: This measure would raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 and guarantee paid sick time for working people (40 hours for employees of large firms and 24 hours for employees of small firms). Vote YES on Prop. 206.


California has several measures impacting working families that are on the ballot at the state and municipal level this year. Here is information about just a few of these measures:






  • Question 2: This measure would place a 3% tax on the portion of household income over $200,000 per year and earmark the funds for K-12 education. Vote YES on Question 2.
  • Question 4: This measure would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 and index it to inflation. The measure would also phase out the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers by increasing the tipped worker wage annually until it matches the minimum wage for all other workers. Vote YES on Question 4.


Question 2: Charter schools. Vote NO on Question 2.


  • Constitutional Amendment 6: This constitutional amendment would establish an onerous and discriminatory voter identification requirement making it harder to exercise the right to vote. Vote NO on Constitutional Amendment 6.

New Jersey

  • Question 1: This measure would amend the state constitution to expand casino gambling to northern New Jersey. Vote YES on Question 1.
  • Question 2: This measure would amend the state constitution to require all revenue from gas taxes be dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund. Vote YES on Question 2.

North Carolina


  • Question 1: This measure would enshrine right to work in the state constitution. Vote NO on Question 1.


Note: This is not a comprehensive list of every state ballot moving this election.