If government OF the people is to be government FOR the people, we must have government BY the people.
Political action committees typically raise as much money as possible, identify the candidates or ballot initiatives they support, and then give money to those candidates and campaigns. GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE is not your typical political action committee. We are forming an army of volunteers (and a coalition of supportive organizations) who will work to get ballot initiatives on the ballot (and passed) in the 24 states that provide for this form of direct democracy. Money that we raise will be used to defer the costs of gathering signatures and of supporting the initiatives once they have earned a place on the ballot in one or more states.
The 24 states with some form of initiative process (allowing citizens to propose and pass legislation and amendments to state constitutions) are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio. Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
We will be submitting ballot initiatives for 2018 in as many of these states as possible on the following proposals:
- Proportional representation is a more genuinely democratic means of electing representatives to Congress and state legislatures. It replaces our current “winner-take-all” system, where supporters of the losing candidate are not represented at all and replaces it with a system where each party gets a proportion of the seats in a legislative body based on the percentage of voters who favor that party’s platform and ideas. It ends gerrymandering (the drawing of district lines in a manner designed to favor incumbents and/or one political party over another) and offers voters a much broader choice of candidates in primary elections. Proportional representation makes it possible for third party and independent candidates to win seats in a legislature, bringing a much broader range of ideas and viewpoints to a legislative body. (We have drafted two separate proposals – one for seats in Congress and the other for seats in state legislatures.)
- Ranked choice voting (RCV) allows voters to vote for multiple candidates for an elective office, ranking their choices. RCV makes it possible to vote for a third party or independent candidate without worrying about the “spoiler” effect – making it more likely that a major party candidate will win over a major party candidate who would be your preferred choice, if limited to a choice between two major party candidates. This gives independent or third party candidates a much better chance of winning.
- A public financing option for candidates will level the playing field for candidates who voluntarily agree to certain conditions (no contributions over $1000 from anyone other than the candidate or the candidate’s party and raising at least 50% of the total money raised for a campaign in contributions totaling no more that $100 per contributor, per election cycle.
- A Green New Deal will enable states to begin to address the threat posed by the climate crisis and create socially-useful jobs that pay a living wage (or better) in the process.
See the sub-pages under the “Ballot Initiatives” tab for a more detailed description and discussion of these proposals, as well as information regarding other ballot initiatives that our part of our campaign.
On a state-by-state basis, we will be endorsing and actively supporting other ballot initiatives.
Please consider joining our effort to get these initiatives on the ballot and passed into law. (Click on “Join the Campaign” in the sidebar on the right-hand side of each page on this web site.)