Ballot proposals, according to Kelly Hall, the executive director of the Fairness Project, which backs progressive ballot measures, can be “a much more distilled way of getting a sense of voters’ enthusiasm."
“There’s been this vacuum of leadership, and in places where voters can take matters into their own hands, they’re doing it,” said Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, which has worked to support minimum wage and Medicaid expansion initiatives across the country.
Ballot referendums are a particularly useful tool in states where a gap exists between what voters want and what their state legislatures are doing, said Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, an organization that worked with the abortion rights ballot campaigns in Vermont and Michigan.
“Citizens took matters into their own hands to pass Medicaid expansion via ballot measure, showing us once again that if politicians won’t do their job, their constituents will step up and do it for them,” said Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, an advocacy group that helped lead the ballot initiative.
Amendment D in South Dakota, which will expand healthcare coverage through Medicaid to residents earning less than $19,000 per year, also gained approval. The campaign’s pitch — which was backed by the Fairness Project, an organization that supports a handful of ballot initiatives across the country — was that federal tax dollars.
“Nebraska proves to the nation that a $15 minimum wage is not a coastal elite priority,” said Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, which helped draft the language for the Nebraska measure. “It’s an absolutely necessity everywhere.”
Just 17 states have the ability to amend their state constitutions by citizen-led ballot initiatives, explained Kelly Hall, the director of the group Fairness Project. Of that group of states, Hall said she’s eyeing the places where abortion rights are already greatly restricted — like Dakotas, Arkansas, Arizona, Ohio and Missouri.
Be the first to hear about our work to protect ballot measures and our campaigns to improve the lives of working people across the country.
*By submitting your cell phone number you are agreeing to receive periodic text messages from this organization. Message and data rates may apply. Text HELP for more information. Text STOP to stop receiving messages.