Is California Taking Too Much (Ballot) Initiative?

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As Californians head to the polls, we'll take the pulse of the state's initiative process. Critics say that the state ballot is filled with too many confusing propositions that ultimately lead to voter apathy. Supporters say that the process circumvents an often-dysfunctional Legislature. We'll look at the state's long-standing direct democracy system and how, if at all, it should be reformed.


Phillip Ung, director of public affairs for California Forward

Jonathan Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jessica Levinson, clinical professor teaching election law at Loyola Law School and vice president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission

Joe Mathews, California editor of Zocalo Public Square and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle