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Ballot Initiative
A ballot initiative is a form of direct democracy in which citizens have the opportunity to propose and petition for new laws. Citizens may draft legislation and petition to get it on the ballot, and then voters decide whether it passes. A ballot initiative may also be a referendum vote to approve or reject laws passed by the legislature. Every state permits ballot initiatives, but the methods for proposing one vary.