Activists Gear Up For Restrictions On Petitioning Rights in the New Year

Wed, Dec 23 2009 by Anonymous

As initiative proponents collect signatures for next year’s ballot, and the Citizens in Charge Foundation staff continues to dig out from last weekend’s snow storm, petition rights activists around the country are getting ready for the restrictions on the initiative and referendum process that will be proposed in upcoming state legislative sessions.

Shoveling Away

2009 saw a variety of attempts to make the initiative process less accessible, from bans on paying campaign workers who collect signatures by the signature, new distribution requirements for petition signatures, requirements that people collecting signatures be state residents, and single-petition laws that prohibit people from collecting signatures on more than one petition at a time, and more. There is little doubt that these and other restrictions will be proposed in 2010.

You can keep up with the changes proposed to ballot initiative laws in your state by staying tuned to our blog. If you want to take a more active role in the debate over petition rights, you can become a member of Citizens in Charge Foundation, or take the lead by becoming a Citizen State Coordinator.