The Power of a Prolific Local Petitioning Process

Tue, Apr 27 2010 by Anonymous

Last week Trevor Ford talked about New Jersey voters taking charge of their state using local initiative and referendum processes. What happened in New Jersey underscores how much power can be given to citizens when they have an accessible local process to initiate legislation and bring government matters to a vote.

The following states recognize some form of local initiative and referendum rights for more than half their citizens:

Alaska
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
New York
New Hampshire
North Dakota
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
North Dakota
South Dakota
Texas
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Washington