Both Evergreen Politics and Horse’s Ass wrote about (printer) Democracy yesterday, with a relatively thoughtful comment thread resulting from the HA post. David at HA initially kicked it off by pointing out that my solution would be only helpful as part of a larger reform of the initiative process, which he listed here.
Most of his ideas are good (except for the filing fee one), and I agree that we need to regularly look closely at the process to make sure it does what we want it to do.
One of the other commenters on HA pointed out that if we’re going to let people print petitions on a smaller page, we should make sure folks can read what is written. One of the states I reviewed in the post below in addition to requiring a particular size, also sets a minimum type font (I think it was 7 point). The smallest type font on my sample petition is 6 point, but for me is legible. Good point though, I should try to read something about legibility of small type fonts.