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Restrictive ballot access laws reduce the technical complexityof initiatives and make them more likely to pass

Milita, Kerri (2015) Restrictive ballot access laws reduce the technical complexityof initiatives and make them more likely to pass. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (15 Apr 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Many states and local governments in the U.S. allow citizens to place measures on the ballot, but in recent years, some state governments have put into place restrictions such as requiring a greater number of signatures. In new research which studies nearly 600 ballot initiatives over 15 years, Kerri Milita finds rather than reducing the number of ballot initiatives which pass, these more restrictive laws may be having the opposite effect. She explains that since long and technically complicated ballot proposals are less likely to be approved by voters, those who sponsor initiatives in states with greater restrictions will tend to put forward less complex measures, which in turn have a greater chance of being successful.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 14:21
Last Modified: 15 May 2015 14:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61977

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