M. Eve Hurwitz: Referendums, which let the people speak, are the future of politics

It has become almost a cliché to say we live in tense political times. My neighbors who vote in District 33 tell me they feel disenfranchised, powerless and distrustful of their elected officials. At best, they are apathetic. At worst, they are incredibly angry. There is no reason for Marylanders to be so alienated from their leaders. There is a tool called referendum that is already being used in Maryland. The concept is simple. Instead of making paternalistic decisions about citizen welfare, legislators put important or controversial issues directly on the ballot, allowing us, the voters, to determine what would be best for our state. (Capital)

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