Californians still strongly support the state’s initiative process, but they’d like to see some changes.
That's the finding of a new report from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, which comes amid criticism that ballots have been hijacked by special interest groups that push their own agendas.
Some of the recommendations favored by voters include giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives after they've qualified but before they go to the polls, disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns, and allowing a "do-over" several years after an initiative passes and state residents have been allowed to experience the impacts.
"They want to see some transparency in terms of who the yes and no campaigns are that are backing initiatives," Mark Baldassare with the Public Policy Institute of California said.
Voters have considered 128 ballot propositions in the 10 years since they recalled Governor Gray Davis.
The PPIC says making the changes would encourage more turnout at the polls. Some of them would require voter approval while others could be made by the legislature alone.
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Mark Baldassare with the Public Policy Institute of California says there's also support for a "do-over" vote several years after something passes and impacts have been realized. It's expected such changes could encourage more voter participation.