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What Are Ballot Measures And What's Their Role In Direct Democracy?

Voters cast their ballots early for the midterm elections at the Government & Judicial Center in Noblesville, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Michael Conroy/AP)
Voters cast their ballots early for the midterm elections at the Government & Judicial Center in Noblesville, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Michael Conroy/AP)

This election day, voters in 37 states will decide on 155 ballot measures, including 64 citizen-initiated initiatives. They include questions on legalizing marijuana, expanding Medicaid and allowing rent control. Ballot measures are part of direct democracy, when policies and laws are decided by voters rather than legislatures.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks to Josh Altic, project director for the ballot measures project at Ballotpedia (@ballotpedia).

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