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Voter choice, Ballot initiatives

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Sturm College of Law


In this age of the sound byte, a simplified "yes-or-no" choice is an appealing solution to complex questions. Although computer logic is founded upon such yes-or-no binary choices, nothing can be achieved through a single yes-or-no alternate. Multiple choices must be made to achieve resolution. On a synthesizer, for example, producing a single note requires fifteen to twenty binary choices. The fabric of a complete song emerges only with a myriad of yes-or-no choices. Ballot initiatives provide voters with a simple yes-or-no choice to respond to issues that have myriad approaches.' To reflect the full tap- estry of majority preferences, more choices should be offered to voters through alternate initiatives.

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