The proponents and opponents’ goal, as CIR notes, is to influence voters, not necessarily inform. CIR hopes to change that with reliable and clear information. Watch for the Citizen Statements in the Voters Pamphlet this fall. They’ll be the most objective analyses of the issues we’ll be voting on.
[T]he initiative reviews do not add another partisan voice to the maelstrom of election-year pitches…We’ve been leaders before. Making the Citizens Initiative Review Commission as much a part of life as the initiative process is just another — and one that walks a very high road.
In an era when we can rely on talking heads and TV commercials, or the complicated ballot language, it’s refreshing to be able to rely on the commentary of citizens who had a chance to investigate the measure in an in-depth manner.