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  •  In WA state, it was an initiative. (1+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV

    The Top-Two primary was enacted by I-872, after the legislature and governor went in different directions.  I-872 was approved in 2004 by 59.8% of the voters.

    That said, I'm not sure the distinction between an Initiative and a Referendum is terribly important.  In both cases, it comes down to which argument is more persuasive to a majority of voters.  And in all ballot measures, these days, money and influence play a disturbingly large role.  The days of the true citizen-volunteer petition drive and grassroots campaigning seem to be long gone.

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