It was an even split on election day for questions on keeping a tipped wage as Portland Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot proposal to eliminate the tipped wage and hike the minimum within the city to $18 per hour. Question D, as the initiative was known went down to defeat by a 61-39% margin. It was a completely different result in the Nation’s Capital, where voters for the second time ignored the wishes of restaurant workers and overwhelmingly mandated the elimination of the tipped wage. Almost three-quarters of DC voters supported Initiative 82, which phases out the lower tipped minimum wage by 2027. Voters passed a similar measure back in 2018 (albeit by a much closer 56 – 44% margin) only for the DC city council to subsequently repeal the measure. Given the margin of victory this time around, it is unlikely that the Council will step in again. Likewise, union organizing had a split result as well with a new constitutional right to collective bargaining being added to the state constitution in Illinois while Tennessee voters went in the polar opposite direction. Although not all votes have been counted in Illinois as of this writing, over 58% of voters have approved the so-called Workers Rights Amendment, Amendment 1. With the question passing, workplaces will be able to require employees to join unions. Among other things, which adds the right to collective bargaining to the state constitution. Conversely, almost 90% of voters in Tennessee approved an amendment (also known as Amendment One) that gives employees the constitutional right to refuse to join a union, even in a unionized workplace. In essence, the state’s existing right-to-work law is now engrained in the state constitution.