Arizona Citizen Lynne Weaver Honored for Work to Protect State Initiative Process

Thu, Nov 18 2010

(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented Arizona citizen Lynne Weaver with the November 2010 Lilburne Award. Lynne is being honored this month for her work opposing Arizona Proposition 112, a legislatively referred ballot measure that would have reduced the petition period in Arizona.

“Arizona legislators placed Proposition 112 on the ballot with one purpose in mind: to restrict the ability of Arizona citizens to use their initiative and referendum rights,” said Citizens in Charge Foundation President Paul Jacob. “Legislatures oftentimes try to chip away at citizen initiative rights, but thankfully for Arizonans, Lynne Weaver stepped up and led the charge to make sure that did not happen.”

If passed, Proposition 112 would have shortened the petition gathering period from 20 months to 18, a 10% decrease. In Missouri and Florida, the petition period was reduced and they saw a significant drop in the number of measures that were able to make the ballot in both states. On November 2nd, voters rejected Arizona’s Proposition 112 by just under 200 votes. Since the results were so close, the recount process is currently underway.

“Gathering enough signatures to place an issue on the Arizona ballot is already an arduous task that the state legislature does not need to make more difficult,” added Jacob. “Lynne’s strong and vocal opposition to this measure played a crucial role in what will hopefully be its eventual defeat, and for that she is being honored with this month’s award.”

Each month, Citizens in Charge Foundation presents the John Lilburne Award to a citizen, or citizens, working to protect and defend the First Amendment petition rights of Americans.  John Lilburne was a 17th Century English pamphleteer, political activist, and champion of individual rights who advocated constitutional government and pioneered the use of petitioning and referenda for redress against government power and abuse. For a complete list of past Lilburne Award winners please click here.

ABOUT CITIZENS IN CHARGE FOUNDATION:
Citizens in Charge Foundation is the only national transpartisan voter rights group dedicated to protecting and expanding the ballot initiative and referendum process. We believe good government starts with the voter. For more information visit us www.CitizensInChargeFoundation.org.

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