Ballot Initiatives

Ballot Initiatives

Learn how ballot initiatives work in Washington State. What are the pros and cons, how do groups use them and how do they get on the ballot?

Discussion Topics:

  • What is an initiative?
  • Why did the populist movement of the early 1900s push states to include the power of the initiative?
  • How do groups use the initiative as a tool?
  • What is the Public Disclosure Act? Why did it take an initiative to pass it?
  • What are the steps one must take to get an initiative on the ballot?
  • Why is the drafting process of an initiative challenging? 
  • What are the pros and cons of the initiative process?


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