West Virginia receives failing grade

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March 1, 2010

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: In a study conducted by Citizens in Charge West Virginia received a failing grade for its current statewide initiative and referendum rights. The report "Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights" graded all 50 states on the current initiative and referendum rights in each state. Additionally, the report provides suggestions for states to improve their "grade." For West Virginia suggestions include allowing citizens to: propose state constitutional amendments, propose state laws and put acts passed by the legislature to a referendum vote. However, the state did receive 1 positive point - the power of initiative and referendum in some West Virginia municipalities.[1][2]

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