The Brian Lehrer Show Published by The Brian Lehrer Show Why Do We Have Ballot Questions Anyway? Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/328660/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Voters on the Upper West Side casting ballots in the 2013 primary election. (Stephen Nessen / WNYC) i Morgan Pehme, editor in chief of City & State, explains why voters and not legislators have to decide issues like land swaps, gambling and civil service points for veterans.