Nation: Referendums: Rising Impatience

Citizens sound off on taxes, pols and nukes

Not since the 1930s, when the Depression brought a spate of voter initiatives to the ballot, have citizens themselves proposed so many new laws—and limits—for government. David Schmidt, editor of Initiative News Report, describes it accurately as "a new national trend to lawmaking at the ballot box." In 18 states and the District of Columbia, voters put on the ballot a total of 42 referendums. Their actions ranged from a nonbinding vote by five southern New Jersey counties to secede from the state to a decision...

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