Start a Statewide Referendum or Initiative

Similar to using local referenda and initiatives, some activists have launched campaigns to bring these measures to the state ballot. They are beneficial because you have control over the language of the proposed legislation and you avoid the general problem of the legislature watering down a proposed bill due to political considerations. That said, these campaigns are immensely time-consuming and difficult to win because of the often-huge financial resources pumped in by the other side—so it may be worth thinking twice if you have limited time and/or resources. If you do start a campaign of this nature, be sure that you follow procedures exactly.

Sometimes, you need specific information on each signature page, you often need to meet inflexible dates and deadlines, and if you do not follow every requirement, your initiative or referendum may be disqualified.