1A Remaking America: Ballot Measures And Direct Democracy
Come November, voters will likely decide on more than 100 ballot measures across the nation, according to a database from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Ballot measures let citizens bypass their elected officials to make direct change. They decide issues ranging from Medicaid expansion and recreational marijuana in South Dakota to digital privacy in Montana. But so far this year, lawmakers have proposed hundreds of tweaks to the measure processes in their states or cities, according to Ballotpedia. Critics say these changes attempt to reign in the ballot measure and curtail direct democracy. We talk about how the ballot measure furthers democracy, how it's imperfect, and what citizens are pushing for.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.