Latest Referendums News

5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves

Jun. 23, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors. Fat chance. Voters’ decision on June 23, 2016 was narrow but clear: By 52%...

Richmond council votes to hold referendum on casino

Jun. 16, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Richmond City Council has voted to hold a referendum on building a casino. News outlets report that the council voted 8-1 on Monday to approve the addition of the November referendum on whether to permit the casino to be built. Councilwoman...

Pennsylvania Republicans eye referendums to get past vetoes

Jun. 14, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature are increasingly looking to take a different avenue to write laws, voter referendums, to get around Gov. Tom Wolf and make policy that the Democrat cannot block with his veto pen. On Friday,...

Swiss narrowly reject tax hike to fight climate change

Jun. 13, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Exit polls on Sunday indicated that Swiss voters appear to have narrowly rejected a proposed “carbon dioxide law” that would have hiked fees and taxes on fuels that produce greenhouse gases. The Alpine country has been experiencing an outsized impact...

Maine legislator files suit to alter clean power referendum

Jun. 08, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislator has revived a failed effort to get Maine’s secretary of state to split an upcoming ballot question opposing Central Maine Power’s 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission line project into three separate issues by filing a lawsuit in Cumberland...

Maine city holds another election with COVID-19 protocols

Jun. 08, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city was scheduled to hold another local election with some coronavirus protocols in place on Tuesday. Portland's municipal election included a crowded field for Charter Commission and a referendum on the school budget. City...

Probe finds no intentional act to derail sex-abuse vote

May. 26, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An internal investigation into an apparent bureaucratic blunder by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration that scuttled a statewide voter referendum sought by victims of childhood sexual abuse found no evidence of a deliberate attempt to derail it. ...

Richmond panel picks Urban One for casino project

May. 21, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a monthslong evaluation of casino development projects, officials in Richmond announced Thursday that a panel is recommending the Urban One project. News outlets report that Mayor Levar Stoney will introduce plans to the City Council on Monday...

Sri Lanka OKs commission to oversee Chinese-built port city

May. 21, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday passed a law installing a powerful economic commission to administer a huge Chinese luxury oceanside development after altering elements of the bill ruled unconstitutional by the country’s top court. The...

Lawmakers now hold fate of regulations waived amid pandemic

May. 20, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With voters shifting major new responsibilities to them, Pennsylvania's state lawmakers are now tasked with deciding whether hundreds of state government regulations waived during the COVID-19 pandemic should be reinstated. This massive review is...