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Initiative and referendum information on the web

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NOTE:  These links are provided for informational purposes only.  NCSL does not endorse any of the organizations listed below.

Ballot Initiative Strategy Center - Seeks to build new funding, research, and training infrastructure to support progressive ballot measures.

California Voter Foundation - A non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to applying new technologies to provide the public with access to the information needed to participate in public life in a meaningful way.

Colorado's Future - An organization whose mission is to build public trust and improve public policy decision-making in a way that will build a better Colorado.

Delaware Initiative & Referendum Project - A citizens' group that seeks to implement I&R in Delaware.

Democracy by Initiative - Shaping California's Fourth Branch of Government (2nd edition)

Vote 411 - A project of the League of Women Voters that provides election information, including candidate and ballot issue info.

Healthy Democracy Oregon - Healthy Democracy Oregon is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the integrity of the ballot initiative process.  Healthy Democracy Oregon (HDO) has created a valuable new public service called the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR).  The Citizens’ Initiative Review presents voters with clear, useful, and trustworthy evaluations of statewide ballot measures.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association - Dedicated to protecting California's Prop. 13 and promoting taxpayers' rights.

Initiative & Referendum Institute - The Initiative & Referendum Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, educational and research organization that analyzes, promotes and defends the initiative and referendum process.

Initiative for Texas - a non-partisan project whose sole purpose is to obtain for Texans the right of direct binding initiative for state laws and constitutional amendments.

Making the Initiative Work for Oregon - A Portland City Club report on reforming the initiative, referendum, and referral systems in Oregon

National Direct Democracy Conference - This conference, sponsored by Center for Governmental Studies at the University of Virginia in June 2000, assembled a variety of perspectives to take a timely and comprehensive look at the many different aspects of the issue.

National Voter Outreach - NVO is a political consulting firm specializing in organizing signature drives to qualify issues and candidates for the ballot throughout the United States.

Political Resources Online - Links for issue and candidate campaigns.

Public Policy Institute of California - Includes numerous publications and surveys on the initiative process in California.

Portland City Club - A report on Oregon's initiative process released in 2008

Speaker's Commission on the California Initiative Project - A non-partisan commission formed by California State Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) to examine California's initiative process, recommend ways to improve the system and make it more responsive to voters.

What's Next California? - A deliberative poll for California's future.

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