Republicans want to make it harder to use, or even eliminate ballot initiatives key to America’s grassroots tradition of direct democracy.
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The oldest democratic tradition in Switzerland is petitioning. Every year, petitions with tens of thousands of signatures are sent to parliament.
Japan’s Diet is expected to pass a new piece of legislation that amends the national referendum law on constitutional reform.
Sortition was crucial to Ancient Athens’ democracy, but stayed largely unknown in recent history until the recent surge in interest.
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.