Direct Democracy

Which of the following is not a step in the initiative process?

  1. approval of initiative petition by state or local government
  2. collection of signatures
  3. state-wide vote during a ballot election
  4. signature or veto by state governor

A referendum is not purely direct democracy because the ________.

  1. voters propose something but the governor approves it
  2. voters propose and approve something but the legislature also approves it
  3. government proposes something and the voters approve it
  4. government proposes something and the legislature approves it



What problems would a voter face when trying to pass an initiative or recall?

Why do some argue that direct democracy is simply a way for the wealthy and businesses to get their own policies passed?


People of means can easily form interest groups to propose initiatives/recalls and that have the resources to pay for signature collection.