Our Action Plan
Step one: Recruit a volunteer army of Citizen Legislators in states with the initiative.
Any registered voter in states with the initiative who wants to be an active part of our Citizen’s Legislatures can “elect” themselves by simply indicating a desire to participate and providing us with their contact information.
We are building a data base of registered voters who want a more genuinely democratic political system in their state. Signing on indicates nothing more than a willingness to sign our petition for proportional representation. There is a box to check at the bottom of the form if you want to take a more active role in our campaign.
This is more than a campaign, it is a movement. To be successful, a movement must be broad and inclusive.
Government by the People is designed and intended to serve as an organizing hub for other political organizations who realize that none of our efforts are likely to succeed unless and until we first reform our broken, dysfunctional political system. By getting actively involved in the campaign for proportional representation, affiliated organization will give their members an opportunity to work together effectively across party lines and the political spectrum with members of other organizations to reform our political system. With a genuinely democratic government in place the efforts of member organizations will find fertile ground for their efforts.
Power to the people
As long as the number of registered voters willing to sign our petition is equal to, or greater than, the number of signatures required to get a proposal on the ballot in a given state, we can get proportional representation on the ballot in that state. This will give voters in that state the opportunity to replace the winner-take-all system with single member districts that is the root of the problem with our political system. That’s the power of direct democracy as it can be exercised in states with the initiative.
The number of signatures and other details of the process vary from state to state. As a reference, here is an example (from Missouri). Our proposal for proportional representation is a Constitutional amendment:
Gathering signatures outside the box.
In addition to the normal methods of gathering signatures on individual petitions, Government by the People is pioneering less common methods of helping concerned citizens work together in support of our petition (and others included in coordinated campaigns):
With a data base of voters who are willing to sign petitions, we can target our efforts effectively. It will be much easier to connect petitioners with willing signers.
We will make college campuses a focal point. We are contacting student groups at each college or university that might be interested in working on our petition drive. This would benefit participating groups by giving their members something constructive to do and by helping expand their membership.
Leaders within campus groups can reserve tables and schedule members to staff the tables to gather signatures on our petitions (and others) over an extended period of time. Coverage in the campus newspaper and on college radio and TV can help educate voters about proportional representation and extend our campaign into the community. Every student, faculty member, or local voter inclined to sign will have continuous opportunities to sign the petition and get involved.
We ill involve labor unions, churches, and advocacy groups. We will make copies of the petitions available for signing at as many labor union and advocacy group offices as possible. We will book spokespersons into each group’s meetings to provide an overview of proportional representation. At such meetings, in addition to having attendees sign the petition, we can also recruit additional petitioners and raise money for the our campaign.
We will utilize our 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 proportional representation , read the full text of the ballot proposal in their state, download and print copies of the petitions to circulate, join our campaign, or make a financial contribution.
We will utilize on-line videos to explain proportional representation and the initiative process, as well as to drive traffic to this web site.
We will print pamphlets that give a brief overview of proportional representation. (There are some voters who are not active on the internet.)
We will host town hall meetings and signing parties and participate and support events planned by other groups. These events will include a brief presentation regarding other ballot initiatives being promoted by partners in our coordinated campaigns, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or make comments. Then while attendees socialize and enjoy refreshments and entertainment, they will also have an opportunity to sign multiple petitions.
Change is in the air..
We hope you will join us as we work to reform our state governments and pass needed legislation.