Argument: Campaigns for ballot measures often have unfair resource advantages

Issue Report: Direct democracy


“Competing groups in a referendum do not necessarily possess equality in the resources which they have at their disposal and this may give one side an unfair advantage over the other in putting its case across to the electorate. This problem is accentuated if the government contributes to the financing of one side’s campaign, as occured in the early stages of the 1995 Irish referendum on divorce.” (“Teach Yourself: Politics”, Peter Joyce)