Why are citizens in the United States not allowed to vote on public policy issues?

D. The U.S. government is a representative democracy.


The U.S. government is a representative democracy, meaning that citizens vote for candidates who serve as their representatives in formulating public policy. Choice D is the correct answer. There is an exception: Governments sometimes hold plebiscites, sometimes called initiatives, asking all citizens in a particular jurisdiction to vote on a specific issue, such as increased funding for education, legalizing marijuana, or building new public facilities.

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