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Abortion, cannabis, voting and enslavement are among the 132 ballot initiatives before voters

A woman drops off her California ballot into a ballot box outside the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office, Aug. 27, 2021 in Norwalk, California. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman drops off her California ballot into a ballot box outside the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office, Aug. 27, 2021 in Norwalk, California. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Midterm elections are less than a week away, and all eyes are on the high-stakes Senate, House and gubernatorial races. But most voters will also be looking at a slate of ballot initiatives — those are statewide proposals to enact or repeal new laws or constitutional amendments.

This year, there are 132 of them — some related to the country’s most divisive issues, others specific to single states or towns. Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the landscape of ballot questions with Ryan Byrne, managing editor for the ballot measures team at Ballotpedia.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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