Our Action Plan
We are building data bases of registered voters and of volunteers willing to help gather signature and plan and staff signing parties and other events in states with the initiative. This will simplify the task of gathering the signatures required to get proposals on the ballot. We will be able to see where we have enough people willing to sign and where we need to find additional signers.
We are recruiting volunteers who want to work together across party lines to enact legislation reflecting the will of the people that has not been enacted by Congress or state legislatures as a result of partisan gridlock and corporate influence within our government, as well as reforms that will make our political system more genuinely democratic.
In states with the initiative:
We will work directly with concerned citizens or as the hub of a coalition of other organizations to organize campaigns to get proposals on the ballot and passed in state with the initiative.
The number of signatures required and other details of the initiative process vary from state to state. As a reference, here is an example from Missouri. (Our proposal for proportional representation in the General Assembly in Missouri is a Constitutional amendment):
Gathering signatures outside the box.
Working to get multiple petitions for ballot initiatives requires strategies that go beyond the normal manner of gathering signatures. There are many ways to gather signatures in situations that are conducive to an interested voter signing multiple petitions.
Have candidates for public office who support these proposals gather signatures at campaign events. Any and all candidates who truly intend to represent the will of the people and who believe in genuine democracy should be able to gather a significant number of signatures by simply having one or more of their volunteers available to gather signatures at campaign events.
Make college campuses a focal point. Find (or form) one or more groups at each college or university to participate. This would also benefit participating groups by giving their members something constructive to do and by helping expand their membership.
Leaders within those groups can reserve tables and schedule members to staff the tables to gather signatures over an extended period of time. Coverage in the campus newspaper and on college radio and TV can help promote the issues being addressed and the inclusive manner in which they are being addressed. Over the course of a school year, we have time to build support on every campus. Every student, faculty member, or local voter inclined to sign will have continuous opportunities to do so.
Involve labor unions, churches, and advocacy groups. Make copies of the petitions available for signing at as many labor union and advocacy group offices as possible. Book spokespersons into each group’s meetings to provide an overview of the legislation we are proposing. At such meetings, in addition to having attendees sign the petitions, we could recruit petitioners and raise money for the campaign (and the party).
Host town hall meetings and signing parties. Host events with a brief presentation regarding the ballot initiatives being promoted, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or make comments. Then provide refreshments and entertainment while those in attendance socialize and sign the petitions.
Utilize web sites. Through social media, phone banking, canvassing, and with written materials, we can drive traffic to a state party or associated web site, where interested individuals can learn more about our ballot initiatives, read the full text of each ballot initiative, download and print copies of the petitions to circulate, join our campaign, or make a financial contribution.
Utilize on-line videos to explain each proposal the rationale behind each one, as well as to drive traffic to the web site.
Print a pamphlet giving an overview of the ballot initiatives we are promoting, along with a rationale for each. (There are some voters who are not active on the internet.)