Why We’re Here

Ballot-measure campaigns affect everything progressives fight for.  Yet, for forty years, well-funded regressive and corporate interests have dominated ballot measures to the detriment of working families, public education, women, the LGBT community, communities of color, immigrants and low income families.

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center is changing that. We recognize that ballot measures are a permanent part of the process in the 24 initiative states and that well-crafted measures can be a force for good.

That’s why we are working with state and national partners to build a strategic coordinated national ballot measure strategy.

We envision a future in which progressives have harnessed the power of ballot measures as proactive tools for success – to increase civic engagement, enact forward-looking policies, and strengthen progressive infrastructure in key states. That’s why we are working with state and national partners to build a strategic coordinated national ballot measure strategy.

Through our activities – conducting innovative research, providing strategic assistance, hosting convenings, facilitating collaboration, training the next generation of campaign strategists, conducting campaign assessments and helping funders make the best decisions about allocation of scarce resources – BISC is helping define and advance the progressive agenda.

Ballot measures are one of the key tools progressives have to win bold new agendas that improve the lives of working families and the New American Majority - since Congress and state legislatures often fail to enact such policies. The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center plays an essential role in ensuring our movements have the strategies, skills and know-how we need to win.

Deepak Bhargava

Executive Director, Center for Community Change