REVIEWING DEMOCRACY

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A nonprofit group has brought together a randomly selected group of citizens to act as a kind of jury to assess two of the initiatives on this year’s ballot. The nonprofit Healthy Democracy Oregon designed each panel of 24 people per ballot measure to represent the demographics of the Oregon electorate. There are no state dollars involved, but the 2009 legislature did pass a bill officially approving this political experiment.

The Citizens’ Initiative Review will vote on the merits of each measure and share their views with the public in the official voter’s pamphlet. A pilot panel met in 2008 to review Measure 58, but this is the first time the group’s findings will appear in the voter’s guide alongside the official ballot language, as well as the arguments for and against each measure. Healthy Democracy Oregon will have to pay for the space, just like other groups that use the voter’s guide to disseminate their arguments for and against ballot measures.

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