Bans on Productivity Pay

Thu, Sep 17 by Anonymous

Eight states - Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Oregon - ban or restrict paying people who collect signatures on a ballot initiative, referendum or recall petition based on their productivity, or the number of signatures they collect. Payment-per-signature allows citizens greater certainty in judging the cost of a petition effort. Moreover, in states that have passed such bans, the cost of successfully completing a petition drive has risen considerably, sometimes more than doubling.

Citizen State Coordinators

Fri, Jun 26 by Anonymous

Contact the Citizen State Coordinator in your state to get involved protecting and expanding the initiative and referendum process. If you don’t see a Coordinator listed for your state, click here to apply.


National Citizen Coordinator - Greg Schmid

Click here to email Greg.


Arizona - Eric Ehst

Click here to email Eric


New grassroots video update

Tue, Jun 2 2009 by Anonymous

Grassroots Director Brandon Holmes provides a new update on what local activists are doing to protect and expand the ballot initiative process throughout the nation.

A vote to change how Nebraskans vote

Thu, May 14 2009 — Source: Journal Star

Saying that only big-money groups are now able to gather enough petition signatures to put issues on the ballot, Omaha businessman Kent Bernbeck may launch a petition drive to lower the number of signatures needed.

Read the story from the Journal Star

A Vote To Change How Nebraskans Vote?

Tue, May 12 2009 by Anonymous

Great news out of Nebraska, a vote to change how Nebraskans vote.

According to the Journal Star, a proposed ballot measure will allow the average voter to have a stronger voice in their state’s government.

Nebraskans could vote on whether it should be easier to vote — on ballot initiatives.

An Omaha businessman is pushing a plan to make it easier for Nebraskans to use their initiative process. Currently the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot is based on the number of registered voters. Under the new system, which is what most states use, the number would be based on the vote for governor.

Read the story from the Lincoln Journal-Star

Residency Requirements

Tue, May 5 by Anonymous

Residency requirements are one of the most frequently imposed restrictions on the initiative process. These laws require that someone circulating a petition for an initiative, referendum, or recall effort be a resident of the state, county, or locality that the petition is aimed at. Supporters of such requirements claim that they are needed to reduce fraud and insure that circulators can be found if signatures are challenged.

The Fremont City Council has voted 5-1 to appeal a judges ruling that an immigration initiative does qualify for the ballot. The measure aims to curtail the hiring and renting of housing to illegal immigrants. The measure had enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot, but city leaders claim the city doesn’t have the power to enact the law.

Read the story from the Omaha World-Herald

The Unites States Supreme Court denied Arizona’s request for an appeal in the case Nader v. Brewer. Last year the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Arizona’s law requiring petition circulators to be state residents. Thirteen other states had asked the high court to overturn the decistion. Similar laws in Ohio and Oklahoma were invalidated last year in the 6th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal.

You have full Initiative & Referendum rights. Citizens can pass laws they write or suspend a statute passed by the Legislature by collecting enough petition signatures to place the statute on the statewide ballot for a decision by the voters. Voters can also initiate constitutional amendments by Initiative.

Coalition for an Open & Accessible Initiative Process:

Western Nebraska Taxpayers Association