A referendum is an official vote on a specific issue. It's often part of a larger election.

On many issues, our elected representatives argue, negotiate, and make a law, but sometimes there's a referendum — the issue is put directly to the people for a vote as part of an election. Past referendums have been on gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana. Usually, a referendum is a yes or no question. Smaller groups can have referendums too — like a school system deciding whether or not to have school uniforms or a longer school year.

Definitions of referendum

n a legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate

Type of:
the opinion of a group as determined by voting

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