Initiative: When the Legislatures Don't Make the Right Laws
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The initiative is a democratic procedure that allows laws or amendments to be initiated directly by the voters.
The practice dates back to ancient Greece. It appeared in America in 1777, when the Georgia state constitution provided a means to adopt amendments with the voters' consent. In 1898, South Dakota granted its voters the right to initiate all forms of legislation. The initiative is available today at the state, county, and local levels in many areas.
An initiative, which can be drafted by anyone, generally requires the signatures of a specific percentage of the district’s registered voters, often between five and 15 percent, to qualify for the ballot. If sufficient signatures are received and verified, then the measure is placed on the ballot for the next scheduled election or at a special election.
Two types of initiative exist:
Wisconsin was one of the first states to implement the initiative, but other states soon followed its example. In Ohio, the Reverend Herbert Bigelow of Cincinnati was instrumental in gaining passage of the initiative. Bigelow and his supporters ...
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