How To Get an Initiative On Your State's Ballot (Interview w/Ballotpedia directo
How To Get an Initiative On Your State’s Ballot
By: Kyle Jaeger – FEBRUARY 12TH 2017
In 26 states, citizens have the power to get states laws on the ballot. But for those who haven’t participated in the initiative process the notion of crafting and proposing a law can seem daunting.
Josh Altic, the ballot measures project director at Ballotpedia, talked to ATTN: about what it takes to get an initiative on the ballot. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
ATTN: What are some common requirements for petitioners interested in introducing a ballot initiative at the state-level?
Josh Altic: Collecting signatures is the most universal part of the process. The percentage required ranges pretty widely. It ranges from 5 percent to 25 percent.
But the process also usually requires you to submit your initiative to the state officials. And then there’s a range of requirements. In some cases, state officials can reject it because of the format — they can actually require a certain format. A lot of states have what’s called a “single subject rule,” where the initiative has to apply to one cohesive subject matter. You can’t be trying to change the laws governing marijuana and also change the laws governing prison population at the same time….
To learn more about your state’s initiative process, check out Ballotpedia.Two way street, Enthusiast, Haikugal like this
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