Washington, DC — The Fairness Project today released its 2022 in Review memo, looking back at its eight ballot measure victories this year and providing a preview for the next ballot measure fights in 2023. In addition to continuing its work to raise wages and enact paid leave policy, the Fairness Project is aiming to expand on its work to cement reproductive rights, as well as exploring more opportunities to end predatory debt collection practices after its strong victory this year in Arizona.
“When it comes to voters taking matters into their own hands and creating change with ballot measures, 2023 was an exceptional year,” said Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project. “We were able to defend reproductive freedom for millions, expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of South Dakotans, and put hard-earned money back in workers’ pockets in Arizona and Nebraska. Regardless of what’s happening in Washington, when voters have a chance to decide for themselves, over and over again they choose progress.
“We also fought hard this year to defend direct democracy from those who want to dismantle it — something that will continue to be critical given the number of attacks on the ballot measure process we expect next year. The Fairness Project remains committed to building a legal, legislative, and advocacy-based movement to protect the ballot measure process so that voters get to decide their own future, not just politicians.”
The Fairness Project supports ballot measure campaigns that directly impact and improve the lives of working people in America. Since 2016, the Fairness Project has won 31 campaigns on issues such as Medicaid expansion, minimum wage, and paid leave, impacting tens of millions of people.
This year, six proactive ballot measure campaigns backed by the Fairness Project were approved by voters at the statewide and municipal levels. Additionally, the Fairness Project won two campaigns in 2022 to defeat efforts by extremist state legislators to restrict the ballot measure process, in South Dakota in Arkansas. Read here about those campaigns and what the Fairness Project is looking ahead to in 2023.