Proponents call it "direct democracy," opponents call it "vigilante democracy" – and political scientists call it a vibrant part of American democracy.
On Nov. 6, voters in 37 states will decide 174 ballot propositions – the most since 2006, but well below the highs of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when voters were routinely considering more than 200 initiatives on Election Day.
The slate of 2012 initiatives points to several trends across American politics.The Raw Story
Election 2012: Ballot initiatives reflect nation’s mood
The Christian Science Monitor