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Direct Democracy Persists in Arkansas

Jay Barth

Arkansas is among 19 states that allow citizens to initiate new laws and constitutional amendments as popular ballot measures. But Republican lawmakers, including in Arkansas, aim to limit what is referred to as direct democracy. Jay Barth, emeritus political science professor from Hendrix College, provides insight. To learn more about the process, the Arkansas Secretary of State has published the online “2022 Initiatives and Referenda Handbook.”

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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