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zacherystaylor Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 12:35 PM
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What is your ballot question?
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This is a follow up on a previous string I wrote a few months ago about Election reform; it is part of an effort to enable the voters to take more control over the way decisions are made in a sincere democracy. I would like to have your opinion about what ballot questions should be asked directly from the voters. I would also like to know what questions you think the candidates should be asked.

I have followed this up with a new request for more ideas from other voters in a new blog post, What is your ballot or candidate question? One of the issues that I began to address in this blog is the fact that we don't even have ballot access in many states yet and therefore I think that is why it should be one of the demands for the occupy Wall Street movement. I think that some of the ballot initiatives should include addressing improvements on education and election reform but Im hoping to hear some more ideas from others before I post too many of my own. It may be necessary to go through some rough drafts before coming up with the best initiatives.

For additional information see the Initiative & Referendum Institute, which provides some history on past which states have ballot initiatives and how they established them; this has often required help from the electorate in the past and certainly will in the future since many of the politicians clearly dont want to hand their power over to the voters. And Project Vote Smart also contributes to the issue by asking candidates for their position on the issues. Unfortunately many candidates refuse to fill this out so I hope some of you will check them out at Vote Smart and send them an E-mail letting them know you want them to fill it out and consider boycotting those that refuse in favor of those that fill them out, within reason; I dont expect people to vote for nuts just because theyre the only ones to fill out the questionnaire. For those of you who are interested in more about my comments see the blog about What is your ballot or candidate question?, unless you prefer to write your own questions first. I havent put too much effort into it yet but I can and will come up with some of my own after a couple of weeks.
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