You are cordially invited to attend the Harvard Law School Election Law Clinic's
DEMOCRACY: A Harvard Law School Lecture Series
Session 4: Are ballot initiatives good for democracy?
Monday, February 7, 2022
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM ET
DEMOCRACY is a Harvard Law School Lecture Series co-hosted by Guy Uriel-Charles, Ruth Greenwood, Larry Lessig, and Nicholas Stephanopoulos. This six-part series of panel discussions will bring together scholars, lawmakers, activists, and the HLS community to discuss and debate the most pressing issues facing American democracy.
Executive Director, The People
Vice President & Legal Director, Campaign Legal Center
Chris Melody Fields Figueredo
Executive Director, The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center
Professor Guy-Uriel Charles
Charles Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
In the last five years, dozens of pro-democracy ballot initiatives won, seemingly against all the odds, including enfranchising some 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people in Florida, and delivering independent, citizen-led, redistricting commissions in a number of states. The voices of the people were, ostensibly, heard. Yet, it was just over ten years ago that marriage equality proponents sought to overturn Prop 8 (which won a majority of votes in California) through the Courts, rather than at the ballot box. With more and more groups proposing and sponsoring pro-democracy ballot initiatives, we ask: are ballot initiatives actually good for democracy?