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Strengthening Direct Democracy: Ballot Initiatives, Referendums, and Recalls

As your next Governor, I am committed to revitalizing our democratic system by empowering citizens and reinforcing the principles of liberty. Let us explore three critical processes that will put the power back where it belongs—in the hands of the people.

  1. Ballot Initiatives: The very essence of direct democracy lies in allowing citizens to propose and shape legislation. By establishing ballot initiatives, we enable Hoosiers to bypass the traditional legislative channels and directly influence policy. Imagine a scenario where concerned citizens gather signatures to place a new statute or constitutional amendment on the ballot. This process ensures that the voice of the people resonates beyond party lines and special interests. It’s time to embrace this grassroots approach and let the people drive meaningful change.

  2. Referendums: Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of good governance. Referendums—also known as veto referendums or citizen’s vetoes—allow citizens to challenge enacted laws. When faced with a controversial decision, voters can decide whether to uphold or repeal a particular law. By involving the electorate directly, we reaffirm the principle that government exists to serve the people, not the other way around. Let’s trust Hoosiers to make informed choices about the policies that impact their lives.

  3. Recalls: Public officials should be accountable to those they serve. The recall process provides an essential safety valve. If an elected official fails to uphold their duties or acts contrary to the public interest, citizens should have the power to remove them from office. Recall elections allow us to correct course swiftly, ensuring that our representatives remain true to their promises. It’s time to empower Hoosiers to hold their leaders accountable, reinforcing the idea that government derives its legitimacy from the consent of the governed.

Why These Processes Matter:

  • Of The People: Ballot initiatives, referendums, and recalls shift decision-making away from entrenched elites and back to everyday citizens. We honor the spirit of self-governance by trusting Hoosiers to shape their own destiny.
  • By The People: These processes cut through bureaucratic red tape and allow direct participation. No longer will decisions be made behind closed doors; instead, they’ll emerge from the collective wisdom of our communities.
  • For The People: When we embrace these democratic tools, we reaffirm that government serves the people, not the other way around. Our policies should reflect the genuine needs and aspirations of Hoosiers.

Learn More: For additional information on ballot initiatives, referendums, and recalls, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures at

Together, let’s restore the true spirit of democracy in Indiana—a government that listens, respects, and empowers its citizens.


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