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Top Six Weirdest Items Americans Voted on in 2012 Election

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Most of the ballot initiatives that Americans took to the polls to vote on this Tuesday were no laughing matter.  But in some states, voters were asked to weigh in on issues that some may consider rather odd.  

Take a look at the top six weirdest items American’s voted on in the 2012 election:

Required Use of Condoms in Porn Movies

In Los Angeles County, voters were asked their opinion on whether or not actors in the adult film industry should be required to wear condoms and practice safe sex while shooting scenes in L.A.  The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, also called Measure B, was introduced in response to repetitive allegations of sexually transmitted disease outbreaks among adult film industry workers.

Who Owns the Grand Canyon?

When Arizona voters arrived to the polls, they found themselves involved in a battle over boundaries.  Proposition 120 questions whether millions of acres of federal land in the state, including the Grand Canyon, should remain in the hands of the federal government, or officially become the property of Arizona’s residents.  The ballot measure, supported by the state’s Republicans, seeks to amend the state’s constitution to declare Arizona’s sovereignty over the “air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries.”

The Right to Hunt and Fish

In Nebraska and Wyoming, two states where hunting and fishing seem like second nature, voters officially had the chance in this election to establish their right to hunt and fish.

Idaho is also considering a similar initiative this year.  The Idaho Fish and Game Commission have opposed lawmakers’ efforts to make hunting, fishing and trapping a constitutional right for more than 10 years.  However this year, Twin Falls Republican Sen. Lee Heider was finally successful in getting the issue on the ballot, asking Idaho voters to add language saying “the rights to hunt, fish and trap … shall forever be preserved” to the state constitution.

Harsher Punishments for Animal Cruelty

In North and South Dakota, animal cruelty is only a misdemeanor.  But on Tuesday, North Dakota voters had the opportunity to change the fact that animal cruelty is punished the same as littering on their ballots.

North Dakota voters weighed in on Measure 5, which would allow harsher punishments for animal abuse cases involving live cats, dogs or horses.  The specific actions the measure cracks down upon are maliciously and intentionally burning, poisoning, crushing, suffocating, impaling, drowning, blinding, skinning, beating to death, dragging to death, exsanguinating, disemboweling or dismembering.

Legalize Marijuana

Three states voted on the legalization of marijuana Tuesday.  Colorado, Oregon and Washington all considered making the drug a legal product that would be regulated by the state.  

Those who want to decriminalize marijuana say that it would be taxable so the state government could make money.  They also argue it would create jobs.

Opponents say it would just promote marijuana use. It’s also being argued that if only one state chooses to legalize the drug, it would increase production and cause price drops across the country.

Must Label Genetically Modified Food

One of the most controversial ballot measures is California’s Prop 37, which states that all genetically modified food must be labeled as such in grocery stores.

According to the Washington Post, more than 88 percent of corn and soy grown in the United States is genetically modified in some way.  Consumer watchdogs and organic food companies say Californians deserve to know what they are eating.

Corporate food and bio tech companies have spent more than $44 million fighting the proposition, saying it will raise food prices and hurt businesses.

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Postal Workers Union Ballots Lost in the Mail 

Photo Courtesy - American Postal Workers Union(WASHINGTON) -- The election committee for the American Postal Workers Union was scheduled to begin tabulating ballots this week for the election of national officers, but the count has been delayed because voting forms have apparently been lost in the mail.

The union tells that less than 40,000 completed ballots have been received so far, a small percentage of the total membership, and many members have complained about never receiving theirs in the mail.

The APWU has decided to extend the voting until Oct. 14, and is directing members who need additional forms to contact union officials by telephone or e-mail.

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