Higher Voter Turnout

Studies have consistently shown that entrusting citizens with the ballot initiative process results in more people voting.

In their study, The Effects of Ballot Initiatives on Voter Turnout in the American States, Caroline Tolbert and John Grummel of Kent State University and Daniel Smith of the University of Denver found that states with the initiative process experienced higher voter turnout.

During the 1990s, voter turnout was 7% to 9% greater in midterm elections and 3% to 4.5% higher in presidential elections in states that have the initiative process over those that do not.