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Monday, November 2, 2020

3 Election Day Referendums that Could Change US Geography (Updated with Results)

Update: As of the earliest hours of November 4, the majority of votes for all three geography-related referendums have been counted. Scroll down to the bottom of each section for details of the partial results! Update 2: Final results are in for Rhode Island (see below). Update 3: Mississippi results are nearly complete, with only a small shift in the final numbers, while vote counting appears to have finished in Puerto Rico (see below). Update 4: As of Nov. 16, the results of the Rhode Island and Mississippi referendums haven't yet gone into effect, since it's taking longer than usual to certify the election results (see below for details).

Map of the United States, showing the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC)
The US has 50 states...for now. (Map from Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA)

US Voters to Decide in Geography-related Referendums

This Tuesday - November 3, 2020 - is election day in the United States. And while presidential rivals Donald Trump and Joe Biden have dominated the news, Americans will also be voting (or have already voted) in thousands of other elections for national, state, and local politicians, plus referendums on state and local issues.

The US has no process for nationwide referendums, but statewide referendums - often known as "ballot measures", "propositions", or just "questions" - are common. They also exist at many lower levels of government, and in territories that aren't part of any state, like the national capital district and overseas dependencies. This Tuesday, there will be 120 statewide referendums, all held within 32 of the country's 50 states, plus 3 referendums at the top level of government for other territories.

While most of these votes are on issues like taxation, election rules, and drug laws, three are of special interest to geography fans: