We’ve highlighted the Citizen’s Initiative Review idea on this blog before. Oregon is now being joined by Colorado in implementing this reform:
Ballot measures in Colorado drive some of the state’s largest policy decisions, yet 75% of voters say they often find measures too complicated or confusing to understand. Accurate and unbiased information is not only difficult to come by, it is often obscured by misleading statements and advertisements by both sides of an issue.
Independent research on the CIR here in Oregon found that over half of voters read the CIR’s findings and that two-thirds found the information useful when voting.
You can read more about the Colorado CIR here.