Ballot issues

Brewer keeps vow to help his high school

This is not a political story, but an activism story well worth sharing: Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. This is the lesson Ally Jeffers learned last May as a freshman at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio, according to a report by Eric Lyttle in The Columbus Dispatch. Fearing that a school levy would fail and cut funding for the band, she searched for ways to help. Learning...

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Ballot issues can bring change

Some time ago, I wrote about civic activist Barry Klein, who helps fellow Texans set up ballot issues on community issues. Today, I received an e-mail from him reporting three victories from elections held May 9. In San Antonio voters approved a charter amendment that will require voter approval on any future urban rail proposal. In Arlington voters amended their city charter to ban red light...

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Now is the time to get in on the ground floor

Do you want to help with a candidate or issue campaign? Early in the year is the best time, right after the petitions or declarations have been filed. Candidates and campaign managers need all kinds of help: Most campaigns have a treasurer by now, but if you have accounting or bookkeeping skills, those that don’t will be glad you asked!  Treasurers keep accurate records of contributions...

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How to circulate a petition

The beginning of the year is a time when candidates and supporters of ballot issues (or in some states, “ballot measures”) circulate petitions to get their candidate or issue on the ballot. There is little difference in the way petitions are created, issued, and circulated. Before continuing, it is important to remember that the rules for creating and circulating petitions are...

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Thinking of running for office or putting an issue on the ballot?

Now is the time to make up your mind about running for office or putting an issue on the ballot in next year’s general election. Many states have early filing deadlines (January or February) for candidates and to initiate the petition process. If you are ready to go, check with your local or state elections authority for details....

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