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UPDATED: Ashland voters approve library levy, advisory measure

 Posted: 8:55 PM November 06, 2012

For the third time is six years, Ashland voters are showing strong support for a property-tax levy to provide extended services and hours at Ashland's public library, according to the Jackson County Elections Office.

Of the 8,449 ballots counted so far, 79.42 percent, or 6,750, supported extending the levy, according to county updates just after 8 p.m.

The no votes numbered 1,749.

(Updated 10:08 p.m.) Ashland voters want their city government to send a formal request to Congress to regulate campaign contributions and spending.

An advisory measure requesting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress and the states to regulate political campaign contributions and spending was winning at 79.5 percent in early returns Tuesday night.

Of 7,928 votes counted, 6,303 were in support, and 1,625, or 20.5 percent, were against, according to the Jackson County Elections Office.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions can make unlimited political contributions and expenditures because they have the same rights as individual people. The ruling stated that spending on political campaigns constitutes free speech and is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

— Sam Wheeler

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