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Trickle-Up Democracy: State and Local Ballots Give Voters A Say

(COMMON DREAMS) Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen, October 31, 2016 — Even in a presidential campaign where both candidates are speaking out against the influence of big money in politics, it’s easy to be cynical about the prospects for reform. The failure of Congress to take even baby steps in the right direction is enough to dishearten even the most idealistic among us.

But there is hope for our political system coming from the grass roots. Citizens across the country may well turn the 2016 election into a watershed moment for democracy. Using ballot initiatives to skirt dysfunctional national and state legislatures, these reforms would enhance the voices of ordinary Americans and send a loud message to national politicians to stand up with citizens for democracy.

Here are some of the places where voters will have a chance to make their feelings known next week. Know about more? Email us here.

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