GOP legislators clamping down on voter initiatives | TheHill
Republican legislators in states across the country have introduced dozens of bills that would make significant changes to the initiative and referendum process, tightening rules and raising requirements on the initiative process after their voters approved progressive proposals that legislators opposed or refused to take up.
Critics of the proposals say it is a Republican end-run around the direct democracy process, meant to stifle popular progressive policies before they get to the ballot.
“This is, combined with what we saw after the success of many of these ballot initiatives in 2018, state legislatures undermining the will of the people,” said Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, who runs the progressive Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. “Rather than listen to the will of the people, elected officials are undermining the will of the people.”
Conservative groups like the Republican State Leadership Committee and the American Legislative Exchange Council have advocated for tightening ballot rules.
And some Democrats have supported similar measures in states like Oregon and Washington, where low signature requirements have led to crowded ballots.
Fields said her group was watching about 90 bills around the country that would tighten ballot access.