Refer Madness 2012

August 18, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Politics, Elections · 1 Comment 

Getty/David McNew

Whether most voters realize it or not, the vast majority of measures that appear on the ballot in statewide elections ask them to authorize a brand new law. Rarely are voters asked to approve or reject a standing law.

And that's why the current crop of proposed ballot measures is so unusual: so far, five petitions offer voters the chance in 2012 to scrap statutes and other government decisions via a ballot referendum.
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