Constitutional and Statutory Provisions
Winston Allen Flint, writing in
The Progressive Movement in Vermont, noted that "no serious attempt was ever
made in Vermont" to get a statewide initiative process: "There is little
evidence to show that it was given any important recognition in Vermont by party
platforms, legislators, press, or public opinion. "
In 1981 and 1982, however, Vermonters used their local initiative process in
over 200 town meetings to vote on a resolution calling for U.S. - Soviet nuclear
arms freeze. More than 160 towns backed the freeze, which therefore had much the
same effect as a statewide initiative.
This state history is based on
research found in David Schmidt's book, Citizen Lawmakers: The Ballot