“First Came a Flood of Ballot Measures From Voters. Then Politicians Pushed Back.”


Over the past two years, governors and state legislatures around the nation have used an array of tools to overturn, delay, diminish or pre-emptively declare unconstitutional a variety of initiatives approved by the same voters who put them in office. Those moves follow a rise in efforts by residents to enact their own legislation, in a growing battle over who will make laws — legislators or voters.

In 2016, 71 initiatives were brought forward by voters; 46 were approved, and legislatures changed or sought to alter nearly one-quarter of those. Sixty-five more measures are expected to appear on ballots next month.


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