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Ten Ballot Measures To Watch In The 2012 Election

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2012 file photo, Zachariah Long, left, and Edward Ritchie protest against a gay marriage bill in Anna
FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2012 file photo, Zachariah Long, left, and Edward Ritchie protest against a gay marriage bill in Annapolis, Md. Dating back to 1998, 32 states have held votes on same-sex marriage, and all 32 have opposed it. But four states have Nov. 6, 2012 referendums on the issue - Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington - and gay-marriage opponents are hopeful their winning streak can be preserved. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Everybody is watching Mitt Romney and Barack Obama campaign in the presidential election. But as they go to the polls this November, voters will also decide on 176 statewide ballot measures. Their choices will range from matters picayune (a proposal to end term limits for county sheriffs in West Virginia) to life-or-death (assisted suicide in Massachusetts).

Below is a roundup of some of the most interesting or electorally important measures -- not including Alabama's proposal to remove school segregation from its Constitution.

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Ballot Measures To Watch In 2012
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