I & R Reforms – Back to Original Intent?

By now, you are probably convinced that the I & R process needs reform, and you’re not alone. Suggestions for reform are many; and, they are quick to circulate come election time. Legislators, journalists, pundits and the voters themselves speculate about ways to make the process fairer, more user-friendly and more transparent for an electorate becoming apathetic because of its overwhelming complexity.

Questions abound as to whether it should be made easier or harder for propositions to qualify; whether it should take fewer or more signatures to qualify; whether the signature-gathering process should be extended or shortened; whether or not the internet should be used for signature-gathering; whether the Legislature should play a role in the process before a proposition goes on the ballot, and what role should that be; whether an amendment to the constitution should be allowed at all through the citizens’ initiative process, and if so, should it be held to a higher standard for not only qualifying but passage as well?

These are just a few of the many questions, for the issues regarding transparency and disclosure of information about proponents and opponents who fund initiative campaigns could prove a centerpiece for discussion by itself. We invite your participation at the February Unit presentations and our consensus meeting on March 2nd as we explore what might be done to equalize the playing field for the average voter in the initiative process, which some say has become a plaything of the wealthy.

But, the winds of change are blowing…
For all the details, read the Proposals for Change chapter of the Study Guide (link below).

Reform Study Materials here.

See the previous posts on the Initiative & Referendum Study:

1. An Initiative and Referendum Primer

2. LWVC Current Position on I&R

3. Historic Summary

4. Current Context

LWVSF thanks LWV North County San Diego for this post.

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