Friday, September 23, 2016

"The Golden State's Experiment with Direct Democracy Has Imploded"

"It's supremely easy to certify measures for the California ballot: 365,880 signatures for an initiative and 585,407 for a constitutional amendment, in a state with over 18 million registered voters. A robust signature-gathering industry makes qualifying propositions a matter of raising several million dollars, a barrier for ordinary Californians but child's play for the special interests that rule the process, a perversion of former Governor Hiram Johnson's vision of direct democracy."

David Dayen at The New Republic laments California's overstuffed November ballot.

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