Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, which backs progressive state ballot measures across the country, described last year’s abortion rights victories as “accelerant on an already burning fire.” But Hall also pointed to recent triumphs on issues such as Medicaid expansion and minimum wage hikes as driving factors.
A strong majority of voters — 65% — support restoring the citizen-initiated ballot measure process in Mississippi.
Missouri state legislators on Friday advanced a proposal to make it significantly more difficult for citizens to pass laws through ballot measures.
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“People's enthusiasm for ballot measures has to also include space for protecting the process itself,” said Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, which funds and organizes progressive state ballot measure efforts across the country.
“We continue to see a wide gulf between how voters are expressing their desires and how many extremist legislatures are acting,” Kelly Hall, the executive director of the Fairness Project, an advocacy group that backs progressive ballot measures, says.
As state legislatures convene across the country this month, the Fairness Project is closely watching as reactionary politicians begin a new round of attacks on citizen-initiated ballot measures and gearing up to fight back.
Republican lawmakers have sought to make it harder to get citizen-led initiatives on the ballot. “Those lawmakers know their ideological views are out of sync with their voters,” Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, told The Guardian. “They are trying to change the rules of the game.”
Last week, the New York Times Editorial Board drew attention to the crucial role of ballot measures in protecting abortion rights, calling to further explore direct democracy as a method to protect reproductive freedom.