Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: State Referendums and Ballot Initiatives

State Referendums and Ballot Initiatives

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft explained the differences between ballot initiatives and referendums. Specifically, he discussed the rules and regulations for this process in the state of Missouri.

Description

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft explained the differences between ballot initiatives and referendums. Specifically, he discussed the rules and regulations for this process in the state of Missouri.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is the difference between referendums and ballot initiatives?
  • Why is it important for the language of the referendum to be written in "simple ballot language?"
  • Why do you think there are so many rules and procedures for initiatives and referendums?
  • How do initiatives and referendums allow citizens to participate in government?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Attorney General
    • Ballot
    • Ballot Initiative
    • Fiscal
    • Petition
    • Referendum

    Topics

    AP U.S. Government Key TermsCampaigns & Elections

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity