Voters finally found a way to get things done and now politicians are thwarting them

Karen Hobert Flynn and Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, Opinion contributors Published 3:15 a.m. ET April 16, 2019

Ballot measures can increase turnout and create change. Trying to repeal an initiative approved by voters smacks of arrogance and undermines democracy.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested recently that the Supreme Court did not need to wade into the issue of partisan gerrymandering because so many states have passed reforms through the citizen initiative process that puts issues directly to voters. What Gorsuch left out is that only 24 states have a such a process. And in many of those states, legislatures are not only trying to make it harder to get issues on the ballot, they’re taking it upon themselves to reject what voters have approved — often by overwhelming majorities.

Citizen-initiated ballot measures have proven to be an effective tool for everyday people


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