THE STATES: Fine Print on the Ballot

Besides choosing national and local candidates, voters increasingly must deliberate the pros and cons of complex referendums and state constitutional amendments. In Washington state, for instance, voters will face an alltime record of 24 measures. The trend seems to be toward the greening of the ballot. Voters in several states will be asked to accept or reject major environment measures.

California's Proposition 20, called the Coastal Zone Conservation Act, would set up one state and six regional conservation commissions to draw plans for orderly and prudent coastal development within three years, while...

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