Ballot measures where the voters decide, offer the opportunity to ‘direct democracy’

Voters in 38 States to practice “direct democracy” in November, if you decide on a total area of more than 160 ballot measures.


The United States has a long, proud tradition of people voting, even if it took some time for everyone.

Since then, the Constitution was ratified at a time when democracy was not widespread-America, representative democracy and the citizens the power to choose, the legislature, which would speak for you in the chamber of deputies.

Later, the election would win the right for senators. Further amendments were added to the Constitution over the years, helped to spread the franchise to all races, to women and to the year 18 -.

“You pour you can buy your money in a small state like Maine, and these billionaires, a law.”

– David Trahan, a former state legislator in Maine

But many Americans vote for representatives is not enough. This is the reason why 38 States in November of this year offer some form of direct democracy — generally speaking, the initiative and referendum system, where citizens can vote for a particular rule, if enough voters have signed petitions to the question on the ballot.

The idea has actually been around from the beginning. Georgia’s Constitution, which allows in 1777 for initiatives. The modern initiative and referendum system began in Oregon in 1902 and has since been adopted, in one fashion or another, by numerous States.

As common as it is, many are concerned about the system, feeling that the citizens ‘ votes, in essence, bought by the rich.

A concerned citizen David Trahan, a political activist and former state legislator in Maine. Earlier, he supported dozens of measures on the Maine ballot, but now he has changed his opinion on referendums. He says he has seen, how the money flows, and not like it.

As Trahan says, “you pour can buy your money in a small state like Maine, and these billionaires, a law.” He believes that outside groups, to deform the with money, a system that supposedly is the direct voice of the people.

Good or bad, there is no denying that a lot of hot button topics will be determined by the initiative. For example, this November:

1. Alabama, Oregon and West Virginia, in voting on the right to abortion.

“What better way than to let the people vote directly on the issues at hand?”

– Paul Jacob, Ballot Measure Proponent

2. In Idaho, Nebraska and Utah political voices to health.

3. Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah rules on gerrymandering.

Other questions to say where the voters have, tax policy and energy policy. All in all, there are more than 160 ballot measures considered by the various States.

But if people like Trahan relates to the system has been hijacked by money, others see it as part of the rough and tumble of politics, not to mention a chance for the public to be heard.

Paul Jacob, for example, is a longtime supporter of the ballot measure process that is already on a more than 100 initiative and referendum campaigns across the country. As he puts it, “What better way than to let the people vote directly on the issues at hand?”

Jacob admits that the money — sometimes out-of-money-into the game, but adds, that money is already part of the policy, so as to give better, of the power to the people and not just the politicians.

For Trahan, it. “Direct democracy,” he says, “is Maine the people, the adoption of laws that determine, for Maine people.” External interference can hinder the process.

However, Jacob believes that “people who do not want to as direct democracy, to the people responsible.”

Only one thing is for sure: no matter how the system is corrupt beyond recognition, or to say a chance for the people — in this November, the people of a lot of important matters to decide.

Steve Kurtz is a producer for the Fox News Channel, and author of “Steve’s America (the perfect gift for the people, by the name of Steve)”.

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