Reforming our political system through ballot proposals in states with the initiative.
A coalition of organizations.
We are assembling a coalition of organizations to work together to gather the signatures required to get proposals for ranked choice voting with multi-member districts on the ballot in as many states as possible.
Make college campuses a focal point:
Organized groups at colleges and universities can reserve tables and schedule members to staff the tables to gather signatures on our petitions over an extended period of time. Coverage in the campus newspaper and on college radio and TV can help promote ranked choice voting and raise awareness of our campaign. Over the course of this school year, we will work to build support on every campus in every state where we are active. We can provide every student, faculty member, or local voter inclined to sign our petitions with continuous opportunities to do so.
Involve labor unions, churches, and advocacy groups: We will make copies of our petitions available for signing at as many labor union and advocacy group offices as possible. We will make spokespersons available for each group’s meetings to provide an overview of ranked choice voting.
Host town hall meetings, concerts, movie screenings, etcetera:
We will host events (concerts, movie screenings, house parties, etc.) and include a brief presentation regarding ranked choice voting, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or make comments.
Host House Parties:
Invite friends and family members, serve refreshments, gather signatures, and encourage attendees to follow up by hosting a party of their own. The exponential potential of this approach is the best form of grassroots activism.
Encourage candidates for public office who support these proposals to gather signatures at campaign events:
While neither major political party is likely to endorse and support a reform that would break the duopoly, there is support for ranked choice voting within both major parties. Two Democrats (Congressman Don Beyer and Congressman Jamie Raskin) have introduced bills for ranked choice voting in the U. S. House of Representatives and Republican Representative Dan Stacy has introduced a bill for ranked choice voting in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Any and all candidates who believe in genuine democracy should be supportive of this effort. We encourage them to demonstrate their support by having volunteers available to gather signatures at their campaign events.
Utilize this web site. Through social media, phone banking, canvassing, and with written materials, we can drive traffic to this web site, where interested individuals can learn more about ranked choice voting, read the full text of each ballot initiative, download and print copies of the petitions to circulate, or make a financial contribution.
Utilize on-line videos to explain ranked choice voting, as well as to drive traffic to the web site.
Printed pamphlets: There are some voters who are not active on the internet. We will print pamphlets and mailers to reach those voters.
The power of one - multiplied. A small army of individual petitioners working independently can gather a lot of signatures. Opportunities to gather signatures are all around us: at school, church, family gatherings, and pubic events.
Even grassroots movements require financial support. Please support our efforts with a secure, on-line contribution through Act Blue.
To make a contribution by check or money order, send to:
Government by the People
P. O. Box 2231
Independence, Missouri 64055
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