Of the various suffrage and election proposals considered by Hawaii’s constitutional conventions, most noteworthy is the rejected right of initiative—a process permitting citizens by petition to place proposed state laws on the ballot so the voters can adopt or reject them. Brought up at all three conventions, the initiative failed each time (as did the related referendum and recall processes). Except for voting on proposed constitutional amendments, a type of referendum, statewide voters in Hawaii are not able to vote on ballot issues. Proponents of the right of...
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