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Election Day 2018: 18 States With Tax Proposals on the Ballot

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Note: We have updated this slide show with results. See the top of each state to learn whether the measures were approved or rejected.

Ballot initiatives are one of the purest forms of democracy. Citizens vote directly on matters important to them, bypassing the normal (and often messy) lawmaking process.

On November 6, voters in 18 states will have their say on a wide variety of proposed tax law changes. Will Colorado ditch its flat income tax rate? Do Washington voters want a carbon tax? Will feminine hygiene products be taxed in Nevada? A resident’s overall state tax bill could go up or down by hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars each year depending on how voters respond to these questions.


If your state isn’t holding a tax referendum this year, you should still pay attention to these proposals. You may see similar tax measures on your next ballot because states (especially neighboring ones) often mimic successful tax policies. But remember, just because voters approve something doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Sometimes that’s because the measure is simply meant to be advisory; sometimes it’s because state legislators or executives don't agree.

The states with statewide, tax-related ballot measures are listed here alphabetically. Take a look.

SEE ALSO: All 50 States Ranked for Taxes


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