Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner
Still haven’t tackled those 31 propositions on your bloated November ballot? I counted 17 state, 2 county, and 12 city proposals on my sample ballot – enough to drive anyone nuts.
If you’ve been beating up on yourself for procrastinating – STOP! You are not the problem. The problem is the way we’re overusing and abusing the supercharged, direct-democracy ballot tools we call the initiative and the referendum.
Yes, let’s debate the value of representative democracy versus direct democracy. And weigh the pros and cons of ballot-box planning. Let’s juggle reform options for the signature-gathering process. And agonize over how to finance ballot initiatives and candidates. But let’s save it for another day.
Today, let’s get down to business, starting with some facts about ballot propositions: [Read more…]