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Statewide Ballot Measures

The fall 2019 elections will NOT include any statewide ballot measures. 

What is an Initiative and Referendum

In politics, the terms initiative and referendum refer to processes that allow citizens to vote directly on particular pieces of legislation.

An initiative process allows citizens to propose or initiate a statute or constitutional amendment. Citizens initiating such legislation are known as the measure’s proponents.

The referendum process allows citizens to refer a statute passed by the legislature to the ballot so that voters can enact or repeal the measure. A “yes” vote allows the law to go into effect, whereas a “no” vote essentially constitutes a citizen veto and prevents the bill from going into effect.