In California, Ohio, and Texas, citizens in four localities voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, challenging the balance of power between state officials in charge of regulating drilling and local communities concerned about the potential risks.
"What we want them to think is, 'There's no reason. She doesn't have an opponent. I don't need to go to the polls. I'll go spend my food stamp money at the grocery store or whatever, you know, on election day,'" a Dallas County judicial candidate said.