Definition: Intiative, Referendum, and Recall








Initiative, Referendum, Recall

In certain states, the people can have a big say in legislation. Each of these began during the Progressive Era of the early 1900s.

Initiative - Some states allow people to introduce bills directly into the state legislature.

Referendum - Some states allow people to vote on certain bills.

Recall - Some states allow voters to petition to remove incumbents from office prematurely. In these cases, there would be a special election to determine if the official stays or is replaced. 

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