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Evan Ravitz Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-26-09 07:03 PM
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19. Best reforms for ballot initiatives
Solutions to ballot initiative problems have been generally agreed on and available for many decades. But legislators NEVER improve the process, only try to make it harder -last year with AZ Prop. 105 and CO Ref. O, both wisely defeated by voters.

Voters on ballot initiatives need what legislators get: public hearings, expert testimony, amendments, reports, etc. The best project for such deliberative process is the National Initiative for Democracy, led by former Sen. Mike Gravel: http://Vote.org . Also http://healthydemocracyoregon.org / and http://cirwa.org

In Switzerland (and Michigan and Florida), petitions can be published or left at stores for people to read and sign at leisure, so there are less aggressive petitioners, more informed signers, and less $ required. The Swiss vote on initiatives 3-7 times a year so there's never too many on one ballot. Because they have real power (including national initiatives), the Swiss read more newspapers/capita than anyone else.

In Switzerland, representatives are humbler and more representative after centuries of local and cantonal (state) ballot initiatives, and national initiatives since 1891. They call their system "co-determination." This works for all relationships!
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