We’re facing an attack on our most democratic of democratic institutions.

We cannot lose this fight.

Our democracy is under an orchestrated attack, including a sinister, under-the-radar assault on the democratic process: state legislatures are trying to shut down people-powered ballot measures that in recent years have been critical to improving the lives of millions. In 2021 alone, there have been 87 attempts in state legislatures to prevent voter-driven campaigns from even reaching the ballot. 

Our record is unparalleled. Since 2016, we’ve cut through partisan gridlock by using ballot measures to raise wages, expand Medicaid, stop predatory payday lenders, and secure more paid time off. Now, we’re going on offense to protect the ballot measure process itself.

Our Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign will work to protect the ballot measure process itself across the country. We’re leading a strategic multi-state coalition to fight back using litigation, legislative advocacy, and ballot measure campaigns. Where we need to bring litigation, we will litigate. Where we can stop bad laws from being passed, we will run aggressive communications and lobbying campaigns to stop anti-democratic bills. And where the legislature refers suppressive measures to the ballot, we will fight to win those ballot campaigns.


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“Democracy is under attack on multiple fronts. Attacks on the ballot measure process are an attack on our most democratic of democratic institutions. The Fairness Project’s Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign is leading the charge to fight back against state legislative efforts to block people-powered ballot measures and I’m proud to sit on their advisory committee as a partner in this battle.” Marc Elias, Founder of  Democracy Docket


 

Advisory Committee

These leaders are guiding our work to defend the ballot measure process across the country.


News

CBS News: The Fairness Project aims to protect ballot measures

The Hill: Progressive group announces $5M campaign against efforts to ‘make ballot measures inaccessible’

Washington Post: The Fairness Project…has launched a $5 million Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign

Politico: The Fairness Project is launching a $5 million ‘Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign’

Release: The Fairness Project Launches ‘Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign’

The 19th: Ballot measures give voters a direct voice. Progressive groups are trying to preserve them.

For press inquiries, please contact alexis@thefairnessproject.org.