Election '84: Matters into Their Own Hands

Citizens weigh in on taxes, gambling and false teeth

The national passion for referendums and initiatives, grown so intense over the past decade, remains as ardent as ever. Voters in 43 states this year cast ballots on more than 200 statewide measures involving subjects that ranged from tax cuts to guidelines for vendors of false teeth. California fielded the most, with 17, followed by Arizona, 15. Originally pioneered by progressives early in the century, the proposals this year were often employed by conservatives seeking to ban state funding of abortions or permit prayer in...

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