US states split on allowing citizen ballot initiatives

NEW YORK (AP) — Citizens have put some big questions before voters this election, from legalizing marijuana to revamping the redistricting process.

But more than half the states do not give citizens a way to put initiatives on the ballot.

In 26 states, there is no option for direct democracy. And there are no signs that politicians are eager to create one.

States with an initiative process include liberal bastions such as California and conservative strongholds such as Idaho. There’s similar diversity with non-initiative states, which include Republican-controlled Texas and Democratic-dominated New York.

The high spending on initiatives in California and elsewhere provides ammunition for critics of the process, who see it as vulnerable to powerful out-of-state forces.

Associated Press

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