vote1From minimum wage increases to anti-fracking measures, the right of local citizens to generate state ballot initiatives and vote on key issues is now in jeopardy.

The new logic contends that if your local government has been preempted on an issue—like minimum wage—then you (a local citizen) cannot even vote on a related local ballot initiative. Meaning, if local citizens gather signatures to qualify a minimum wage ballot initiative, but their state legislature preempts localities from raising the minimum wage, then the ballot measure should not be allowed a vote.