Citizen Ballot Initiatives: A New Tool for Election Reform


Thursday, March 4, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm



Co-sponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School

The last several years have seen the growing and successful use of citizen-initiated ballot initiatives to win major election reforms. Some of the most successful, well-funded, and engaging campaigns have had unlikely initiators: small groups of everyday Americans fed up with waiting for someone else to take on an issue and deciding to do it themselves. Organizers of successful citizen-driven campaigns from different parts of the country, which beat the odds and succeeded, will discuss their issues, their motivations, and how they won.

Panelists include:
Chris Melody Fields-Figueredo, Executive Director, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center
Katie Fahey, Executive Director, The People, Michigan
Desmond Meade, Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Cara McCormick, Co-Founder, Committee for Ranked Choice Voting in Maine
Dina Butcher, Co-Founder, Badass Grandmas of North Dakota
Carolyn Lukensmeyer (Moderator), Board Member, National Institute of Civil Discourse

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