Sortition was crucial to Ancient Athens’ democracy, but stayed largely unknown in recent history until the recent surge in interest.
Direct Democracy and Ballot Initiatives articles on Democracy Chronicles
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A new bill aims to allow Puerto Ricans to choose their political future through a democratic process that includes ranked choice voting.
At least 123 legislative proposals concerning ballot initiatives, veto referendums, referrals, local ballot measures, and recall were introduced.
Even if voluntary, “human rentiership” is innately similar to slavery. Workplace democracy is the secret to finding a solution, David Ellerman.
Some studies, particularly in the U.S., have confirmed the correlation between workplace participation and democratic participation.
Politicians are making it more difficult to vote. 24 states have adopted legislation to make it more harder to pass ballot initiatives.
Supporters of a bill tightening the rules for ballot measures said the law would shield Utah from outside control this legislative session.
Recall petitions not provided for in Burlington’s municipal charter are available in over twenty Vermont cities and towns.
In a measure with urban vs. rural overtones Idaho’s Senate passed a bill Monday toughening getting initiatives or referendums on ballots.
The “gilets jaunes”, like Brexiteers and Trump supporters, are pushing for direct democracy which they argue should be eased by tech.