citizens' initiative and referendum



Direct democracy in the United States of America - two short reports

In cicdd@egroups.com, "MDW IRI" <mdanewaters@i...> wrote:
Tue, 15 Aug 2000 15:40:22 -0400

As most of you are aware, when the voters reach the polls on November 7th
not only will they be voting for the next president of the United States,
but they will also be casting their vote on a myriad of ballot questions.
The voters in at least 38 states will be voting on over 180 statewide ballot
measures (a number that could move up or down based on additional
legislative action, court rulings and the sufficiency of signatures on
citizen initiatives). Almost 70 of these issues (about 39%) were placed on
the ballot by the people using the initiative process and the other 110
(61%) were put on the ballot by the legislature. A complete listing of these
measures will be available in the September issue of Campaigns & Elections
Magazine as well as on our website at http://www.ballotwatch.org.

Steve Magruder <smagruder@pangeatech.com> commented Wed, 16 Aug 2000
And this is not even counting the multitudinous municipal-level
ballot measures!  In Alameda County, CA (where I live), we're voting
on a ballot measure to extend BART (our rapid transit system) from
central Fremont south to the Alameda-Santa Clara county line (towards
San Jose and Silicon Valley).  Further, the citizens of Santa Clara
county will be voting on extending BART to downtown San Jose.  Both
measures require 2/3 votes to pass because they require specially
directed tax increases.  [Strangely enough, I support the Alameda
measure while I don't support the Santa Clara measure, but that's
another story]