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Big Spring, TX citizens will sue the city council to protect their petition rights.

Via the Salt Lake Tribune, the AP is reporting that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut.) is planning on introducing legislation that would put same-sex marriage on the D.C. ballot. This isn’t much of a surprise. Chaffetz has long warned that he’d try just about anything to head off same-sex marriage in the District, while also admitting that his chances for success were slim.

Read the story from the DCist

(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a transpartisan national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented The Citizen Power Campaign with the January 2010 John Lilburne Award.  The group is being recognized for making the initiative process open & accessible to citizens by utilizing new technology in signature gathering campaigns.

(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a transpartisan national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented The Citizen Power Campaign with the January 2010 John Lilburne Award.  The group is being recognized for making the initiative process open & accessible to citizens by utilizing new technology in signature gathering campaigns.

Donor Confidentiality Policy

Tue, Jan 12 by Anonymous

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Donor Confidentiality Policy

Tue, Jan 12 by Anonymous

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In Washington, DC the calls for a referendum on gay marriage in the city continue, and in California a judge ruled that the Proposition 8 trial will filmed and uploaded onto YouTube. The marriage debate lives on, and the initiative process is in the middle of it.

Past and Ongoing Litigation

Thu, Jan 7 by Anonymous

Citizens in Charge Foundation has been or is currently involved in the following cases:

•    Funding of briefs in Citizens for Tax Reform v. Deters. Ohio’s ban on paying petition   circulators by the signature was struck down in 2008. The state’s appeal to the U.S.        Supreme Court was denied.
•    Amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Michigan Civil Rights institute in Operation Kings Dream v. Connerly, supporting the right of initiative proponents to intervene in initiative-related lawsuits.

Opponents of a bill that would allow gay marriage in D.C. want to put a measure on the ballot to let voters weigh in. Opponents filed paperwork with the Board of Elections and Ethics on Wednesday to try to put the referendum on the ballot. Previous similar attempts have been unsuccessful.

Read the story from the Los Angeles Times

Revolution in Petition Signature Gathering

Wed, Jan 6 2010 by Anonymous

Collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures to place an initiative on the ballot is a tough task that may get easier in the future. A company in Silicon Valley recently unveiled a new smart-phone application that would allow a citizen to sign a petition electronically. Instead of signing a petition in a grocery store parking lot, a citizen could sign it in the comfort of their own home.

This has raised legal questions of course, and California state officials will need to figure out if signing a petition via phone complies with the law.