Aside from one controversial abortion referendum in Mississippi, Tuesday's election reflects how states are struggling through tough times.
In Ohio, people are pulling levers to decide on a law that curbs unions' power to rein in the state budget.
Voters in Maine and New Jersey are grappling with whether or not to legalize some kinds of gambling.
Georgia and Washington are looking to tweak their alcohol laws.
But the vote that's getting the most attention is a proposed amendment to Mississippi's state constitution that would declare a fertilized egg a person. As The Washington Post's Sarah Kliff writes, "no state has ever given an embryo constitutional rights and, legally, it’s not quite clear what happens when you do."
Our guide to tonight's vote:
Mississippi Personhood: Voters are likely to pass an amendment to the state constitution that would make a fertilized egg a person, and therefore some birth control and in vitro fertilization techniques a murder weapon. Even some anti-abortion activists are concerned that the law will hurt their cause: because it is so sweeping, the Supreme Court could end up declaring it unconstitutional. Many pro-lifers advocate the more incremental approach they have been taking for several years, increasing limits on abortion late in pregnancy. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he voted for the measure, though he had "some concerns about it," ABC News' Huma Kahn reports.