Initiatives And Referendums In Arizona
The initiative and the referendum are at the heart of direct democracy in Arizona. Discuss the initiative and referendum process in Arizona.
Provide the basic definitions of an initiative and a referendum.
Explain how initiatives and referendums are created
Compare and contrast an initiative and a referendum
Discuss the pros and cons of each
Explain how initiatives and referendums support the idea of direct democracy as outlined in the Arizona Constitution
Initiative: An initiative is a process by which citizens can propose a new law or constitutional amendment and put it on the ballot for a popular vote.
Referendum: A referendum is a process by which citizens can vote on a law that has been passed by the legislature.
How initiatives and referendums are created:
To create an initiative, a certain number of registered voters in the state must sign a petition. The number of signatures required varies from state to state. Once the petition has enough signatures, the proposed law or amendment is placed on the ballot for a vote.