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NATIONAL INITIATIVES

  • State Bank

    debt100The state bank is important because it stops fractional reserve lending and debt based economies indebted to the Federal Reserve. Unlike controlled central banks, a non-profit banking system owned by the State, sovereign from debt, is the solution to a failing economy.

    • North Dakota Succeeded
    • Iceland Succeeded
    • Any Sovereingty can Succeed!
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  • Paper Ballots

    paper_ballotsPaper Ballots are the ONLY way to secure an election. Without basic securities in elections, we no longer can consider ourselves a democratic republic or a nation that represents it's people. When elections are rigged, we can only expect the worst possible government.

    • Save our Elections
    • Save our Republic
    • Save what Democratic process we still have.
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  • Label and Ban GMO Foods

    BioCorn100What is the GMO Problem? Genetically Modified Organisms were created to feed the world, instead they are destroying DNA and threatening all life on the planet. In EVERY independent study they show GMO's cause health problems. Genetic pollution can cause the following problems:

    • Inability to Reproduce
    • Cancers and other Disease
    • Cross Species Contamination and Risk to Entire Biosphere
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  • Hemp and Marijuana

    marijuana100What is Hemp? Most people don't know!

    Hemp is the World's #1 most useful plant! Legislation has repealed the old laws and the states are doing great without prohibition. Now more states are joining in. Rather than criminalize, our states can benefit from hemp, medicine, recreational use and taxes. 

    • Reduce Prison Populations
    • End Drug War Waste
    • Create Billions in Revenue from Green Industrial Products
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  • Citizen Grand Jury

    citizen grand juryWhen the Courts decide not to prosecute, there are no checks and balances. Only with the Citizen Grand Jury (CGJ) process can citizens ensure a proper checks and balances on a judicial system that is blind to justice. The CGJ is currently only available in Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Oklahoma.

    • Take corrupt Law Enforcement to court
    • Take corrupt Political Leaders to court
    • Take corrupt Corporations to court
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  • Ban Fracking

    Fracking100Fracking is a dangerous environmental hazard created by the Energy Monopolies.The EPA doesn't even know what they use in the groundwater. Fresh water supplies are being destroyed. We must act.

    • Protect our Water and Land
    • Stop Subsidizing Dirty Energy
    • Encourage Safe and Clean Alternatives
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  • Stop Water Fluoridation

    There is poison in the Tap WaterWe have to accept the fact that Fluoride is a Neurotoxin and there are safer ways to clean our teeth. We should not be ingesting this chemical and it should not be absorbed in our skin when we clean ourselves. Fluoride should be banned for the following reasons.

    • Bio-accumulation in the body
    • Neurotoxic effects
    • Destruction of the Pineal Gland
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  • Stop Agenda 21

    agenda21100Agenda 21 is a Trojan horse disguised as an altruistic plan to save the environment and the economy but with the price tag of complete global governance and authoritarian control. Agenda 21 promotes the following hazardous programs:

    • GMO Foods
    • Geo-Engineering
    • Smart Meters
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  • Geo-Engineering

    GeoengineeringTeaser100x100Geo-Engineering poisons our air, water and soil. Geo-Engineering is a government program where harmful toxins are used to "reverse global warming." We must stop Geo-Engineering because of the following:

    • Deadly Poisons in Atmosphere
    • Zero Regulations
    • Secretive Government Testing
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STATE NETWORKS

  • alcitizenAlabama became the 22nd State in the Union on December 14th, 1819

    Alabama Code §11-44-130 through 11-44-134  gives citizens the right to recall some local elected representatives. 

    Alabama Allows: Recalls and Initiatives

    • Initiatives and Referenda - Birmingham County Only.
      Must be related to Health and Safety in City Code 11-3A.
    • Recalls - In Municipalities with Commission form of government. 
    • Signature Requirements:
    • Initiatives - 10% of qualified electors. 
    • Recalls: 3% of the registered voters in the municipality or 30% of those who voted in the last election. 
    • Time Limit: NONE

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  • AZcitizenArizona became the 48th state in the Union on February 14, 1912.

    Section 1 of Article 21 to Arizona's State Constitution that allows for the people of Arizona to implement a constitutional citizen checks and balances system.

    Arizona Allows: Statutes, Amendments, Referenda, Recalls, Nominations

    • Signatures needed as of July 5th, 2014:
    • Amendment - 259,213 - 15% of those who participated in the last gubernatorial vote.
    • Statute - 172,809 - 10% of those who participated in the last gubernatorial vote.
    • Veto Referenda - 86,405 - 5% of those who participated in the last gubernatorial vote.
    • Recall - 25% of the votes cast for in the last election for that office.
    • Arizona allows for local ballot measures.
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    • Current Deadline - July 5th 2014
    • Maximum time to collect signatures next cycle - 24 Months

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  • arcitizenArkansas joined the Union in 25th on June 15th, 1836

    Article 5 Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution gives citizens the right to Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Recalls and Nomination. 

    • Signature Requriements as of 2014:
    • Amendments - 78,133 signatures - 10%
    • Statutes 62,507  signatures - 8%
    • Referenda 46,880 signatures - 6%
    • Deadline: NONE

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  • CACalifornia became the 31st State in the Union on September 9, 1850.

    Article II of the California Constitution declares Voting Initiative, Referenda and Recall rights are to be provided to the citizens of the state.

    California Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Veto Referenda, Recalls and Nominations

    • Signatures Required as of 2014
    • Amendment - 807,615 - 8% of the most recent gubernatorial vote
    • Statute - 504,760 - 5% of the most recent gubernatorial vote
    • Veto Referenda - 504,760 - 5% of the most recent gubernatorial vote
    • Recall - For Statewide Recalls,12% of the votes from the last vote for that office are required. For all other offices, 20% of the voters are required.
    • Filing Deadline - Maximum of 150 days to circulate, 131 days before the next statewide election.

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  • COflagColorado became the 38th State in the Union on August 1, 1876.

    Section 1 of Article 5 of the Colorado Constitution states that the people have the right to create citizen propositions to vote for or against laws independent of the general assembly of the state. 

    Colorado Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Recalls and Nominations

    • Signature Requirements for 2014 for Amendments, Statutes and Referenda is equal to 5% of the voters who participated voted for Secretary of State in the last general election. 
    • 86,105 signatures are required to qualify an Amendment, Statute or Referendum on the ballot. 
    • Recalls require 25% of the voters who voted in the last election for the office to be recalled. 

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  • ctcitizenConnecticut became the 5th State in the Union on January 9, 1788

    Article XII of the Connecticut Constitution provides for the process of Amendments to be put before the voters along with the right of Constitutional Convention. Some communities have the right to recall officials by special "home rule"

    Connecticut Citizens can create create: Local Initiatives and Referenda and Recalls

    • State Statutes Title 7. Chapter 99 states All Charter Cities are mandated to have Initaitive and Referenda rights on Ordinances
    • Amendments can qualify by: 75% of the legislature voting in favor of them or a simple majority voting in favor two sessions in a row. 
    • Constitutional Conventions can qualify by: 2/3 of the legislature voting for it. New Amendments will be considered and the ones chosen are then put before the voters to approve. 
    • Connecticut has limited Recall rights.

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  • decitizenDelaware was the 1st State to join the Union on December 7th, 1787.

    § 802 Allows Delaware City and Newport Charters to issue Initiatives and Referendum. 

    Delaware Allows: Local Initiatives, Referenda and Nominations. 

    • Signature Requirements for Initiatives and Referenda - Delaware City - 25% of voters signatures , Newport 50% of voters signatures.
    • Title 22: Municipalities Ch. 8: Home Rule Subchapter I. General Provisions § 802 allows for Charter cities with populations of 1000 or more can create charter amendments.
    • Nominations: Federal Offices, State Executive Offices and Legislature

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  • dccitizenJustice to All

    Washington D.C. became the Capitol of the U.S.A. on July 16, 1790

    Washington D.C. Allows: Initiatives, Referenda and Nominations.

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  • flcitizenFlorida became the 27th State in the Union on March 3rd, 1845.

    Article XI, Section 3 states the people of Florida can initiate constitutional amendments.

    • Floridians are Empowered by: Constitutional Amendment Initiatives
    • Signature Requirements as of 2014; 
    • A constitutional amendment requires 8% of the registered voters who voted in the last presidential election. Today that means we need 683,149 registered voters signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot. 

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  • gacitizenGeorgia became the 4th state in the Union on January 2nd, 1788.

    Most cities in Georgia have the right to citizen initiatives and referenda. The General Assembly of the Charter Cities can put forward voters initiatives and referenda, Article X of the Georgia Constitution provides 2 methods for the amending the Constitution: Legislative Referral and Constitutional Convention. Legislative Referrals or Constitutional Conventions require 2/3rds of the Legislators Vote. Constitutional Conventions create new Amendments that only pass if approved by the voters.
    Georgia Allows: Legislative Referrals, Constitutional Conventions and Recalls.

    • Article II, Section II, Paragraph 4 provides the Georgian Citizens the right to Recall.
    • Signature Requirements: 
    • Local Legislative Referral - 15% to 25% of the registered electors. 
    • Recalls - 15% of the voters who voted for the office of the incumbent in the last election. 
    • Deadline: 90 Days

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  • IDcitizenIdaho Became the 43rd State to Join the Union on July 3rd 1980.

    Title 50 Chapter 5 provides all cities the right to Initiatives and Referenda. Article XX provides Idaho the right to Constitutional Convention, and Legislative Referrals. Constitutional Conventions and Legislative Referrals are only allowed to be called on by the 2/3 of the State Senate and the House of Representatives. Article XII provides Idaho Citizens the right to Recall all Elected Officials except Judges.

    Idaho Citizens have the right to: Constitutional Conventions, Statutes, Recalls, Nominations and Legislative Referrals

    • Signature Requirements Upon Legislative Referral:
    • Statutes and Veto Referenda for the 2014 require 53,751 signatures, or 6% of registered voters from the last general election. 
    • Initiative and Referenda for Cities and Counties: 20% of the qualified electors who voted in the last general election. 
    • Recalls: 20% of the voters who voted in the last election for incumbent to be recalled. The replacement has to be from the same party and then chosen by the Governor.
    • Nominations: Partisan Candidates and Independents - U.S. Senate - 1000 signatures or $500 - U.S. House 500 signatures or $300 - Statewide Executive Offices - 1000 signatures or $200 - $300 - State Legislature - $30 
    • Write Ins for all seats only have to file a motion of intent.

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  • ILcitizenIllinois was the 21st State to join the Union on December 3rd 1818.

    The Illinois Governor Recall Amendment gives citizens the right to petition to recall their governors. This is extremely limited and requires 20 State Representatives and 10 State Senators as well as a 60% super majority approval.  

    Illinois Allows: Constitutional Conventions, Recall limited to Governor Only, Nominations and Non-Binding Advisory Measures.

    • Local Ordinances - Some ordinances have a "home rule" provision and they can be used to provide the people with the right to put only non-binding advisory ballot measures in front of the legislature.
    • Constitutional Convention: 8% of the total votes cast for governor. 
    • Recalls - Recall for Governor can be called by the State Legislature.
    • Nominations: Senate: Party- 5000 - 10,000 signatures of their party - Independents - 25,000 or 1% of voters who voted in the last election, whichever is less. Congress - Party 0.5% of signatures of members in their party in their district - Independents 

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  • incitizenIndiana became the 19th State in the Union in December 11th, 1816

    Indiana has NO Initiative, Referenda or Recall Rights, only Nominations and Legislative Referrals.

    • Signature Requirements:
    • U.S. Senate and State Executive Offices - Party Candidates require 4,500 Signatures from at least 500 from each of the nine congressional districts. 
    • U.S. House and State Legislature - Party Candidates - Only a Declaration of Candidacy is required.
    • For all Nominations: Libertarians are selected by convention and not required to file. Independents and Minor Parties require 2% of the signatures of the voters who voted in the Secretary of State's election in their particular district they are running for office in. 
    • Deadlines: Democrats and Republicans - January to February, Independents and Minor Parties January to July
    • Legislative Referrals require a simple minority of the legislators in in both chambers. 

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  • IAcitizenIowa became the 29th State in the Union on December 28th, 1846

    Iowa has NO citizen proposition processes. 

    Iowa Code Section 362.4 provides statutes and referenda rights in charter cities by legislative referral only.

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  • kscitizen


    Kansas was the 34th state to enter the union Jan. 29th 1861.

    Section 2 of Article 4 of the Kansas Constitution grants Kansas citizens the right to recall.

    Kansas Citizens have the right to Citizen Grand Jury.

    • Kansas Citizens have the right to change local ordinances by initiative and referendum in every one of it's 626 cities.
    • 2/3 of the legislature can put forth Constitutional Amendments for the public vote.
    • One can review links to laws regarding citizen local ballot measures in Kansas
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    • Signature Deadlines - Initiatives - 180 days from the collection of the first signature.
    • Referendum - 60 days from the day a publication was published in accordance with statue 12-1-37

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  • kycitizenKentucky became the 15th State to join the Union on June 1st, 1792

    Kentucky Allows: Limited Citizen Referenda, Legislative Referrals, Constitutional Convention

    • The Constitution can be amended by Legislative Referral Amendments or Constitutional Conventions. 
    • Kentucky has limited rights for local Citizen Referenda.
    • Signature Requirements:
    • Partisan Candidates: 2 signatures and $500 filing fee. 
    • Independent Candidates: U.S. Senate and Statewide Executive Offices require 5000 signatures. The U.S. House requires 400 signatures and all three require a $500 filing fee. State Legislature requires 100 signatures and a $200 filing fee.
    • Write In Candidates: Declaration of Intent and $50 filing fee.

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  • LacitizenLouisiana became the 18th State January 30th, 1812

    Section 26 Article 10 of the Louisiana Constitution gives citizens the right to Recall, Home Rule Charters, Legislative Referrals and Legislative Constitutional Conventions

    Article 6 Part 1 Section 5 give all Charter Cities and Counties the right to Initiative

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Only a few counties and cities have current Initiative and/or Referenda rights. Alexandria, Houma, Monroe, Bossier, Lafayette, Shreveport
    • Home Rule Charters - 10% to 20% of the signatures from registered voters in the district, depending on the city. 
    • Recalls: 30% of voters who voted in the last election - 40% if district has less than 1000 people. 
    • Deadlines: Recalls: 180 days - 90 days if district has less than 1000 people.

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  • mecitizen

    Maine became the 23rd State in the Union in March 15, 1820

    Article IV, Part 3, Section 17-22 Allows for Citizen Initiative and Referendum Process.

    Maine Allows: Amendments, Local Initiatives, Referenda, Recalls and Nomination.

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Initiatives and Veto Referenda require 57,277 signatures, 10% of the voters who voted in the last Gubernatorial election.
    • Maximum signature collection time: 18 Months

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  • mdcitizenMaryland was the 7th State to join the Union on April 28th, 1788

    Article XI Section 4 provides Maryland citizens the right to home rule charter amendments by Initiative process. Maryland Code Article 25 A 8 provides Maryland citizens the right to Referenda.

    Maryland Allows: Referenda, Nomination and Home Rule Charter Amendments 

    • Signature Requirements as of 2014: 
    • Referenda: Statewide Referenda - 55,736 - 3% of votes cast for governor in the last election. Local Referenda - 10% of the gubernatorial votes in the district.
    • Nominations: Partisan Candidates, Greens and Libertarians - U.S. Senate. $290 filing fee - U.S. Congress - $100 filing fee - State House or Legislature $50 filing fee
    • Write In Candidates submit certificate of candidacy. 
    • Charter Amendments: 20% or 10,000 voters signatures. Available in only select areas. Cities: Allegany, Caroline, Charles, Kent, Queen Anns, Worcester Counties: Anne Arundle, Baltimore, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Talbot, Wicomico
    • Deadlines: Referenda - The first deadline for 2/3rds of the signatures on a referendum petition is 40 days after a controversial law goes into effect.
    • Charter Amendments: NONE

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  • macitizenMassachusetts became the 6th State in the Union February 6th 1788

    Article XLVIII of the Massachusetts Constitution provides that people have the right to Initiatives and Referenda. 

    Massachusetts Allow: Amendments, Statutes, Veto Referendum, Recalls and Nominations

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Amendments and Statutes - 80,396 
    • Veto Referenda- 45,941
    • Local Initiative and Referenda are available
    • Recall - Available in some jurisdictions

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  • micitizenMichigan became the 26th State in the Union on January 26th, 1837.

    Article XII section 2 states the people of Michigan and initiate Constitutional amendments with at least 10% of the voters signatures who voted in the last Gubernatorial election.

    Michigan Allows: Amendments, Statute, Referenda, Recall and Nomination

    • Signature Requirements for 2014
    • Amendments - 322,609 - 10% 
    • Statutes - 258,087 - 8%
    • Referenda - 161,304 - 5%
    • Recalls - 25% of the votes cast for Governor

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  • mncitizenMinnesota became the 38th State in the Union on May 11th 1858 

    Article VIII Section 6 gives Minnesota Citizens the right to Recall but only because of malfeasance, nonfeasance, and serious crimes of misdemeanors or felonies

    Article XII Section 5 gives Charter Counties and Cities the "home rule" right to initiative on charter amendments. 

    Minesota Allows: Recalls, Legislative Referrals

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Recalls - 25% of votes cast for the office to be recalled.
    • City Charter Amendments require 5% to 15% of those who voted in  the last State General Election in the city.
    • Deadlines: Recalls - 90 days  
    • City Charter Amendments: 17 weeks before the general election. 

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  • mscitizenMississippi became the 20th State to Enter the Union on December 10, 1817.

    Article XV of the Mississippi Constitution gives citizens the rights citizen propositions.

    Mississippi Allows: Amendments, Referenda, Recalls, Nominations, Legislatively Referred Constitutional Amendments, Local Code and Private Charter Initiatives

    • Signature Requirements as of 2014:
    • Amendments - 107,216 signatures = 12% of those who voted in the last Gubernatorial election. 
    • Nominations: Filing Fee of $15 to $300 and 15 - 1000 signatures.
    • Code and Charter Initiatives - 20% of the qualified electors of the private charter cities. Local initiatives are allowed in Port Gibson, Rosedale, Okolona, Water Valley, Fulton, Carthage, Aberdeen, Louisville, Waveland, Indianola, West Point, Yazoo City, McComb, Corinth, Grenada, Natchez, Horn Lake, Columbus, Vicksburg, and Greenville.

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  • missouricitizenMissouri was the 24th State to join the Union on August 10th 1821

    Article III Section 49 to 53 gives the citizens of Missouri the right to citizen propositions. 

    Missouri Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Local Recalls and Nominations and Legislative Referral and Constitutional Convention

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Amendments and Referenda - 8% of the voters - Referenda -  5% of the voters
    • Nominations: Partisan Candidates U.S. Senate and Statewide Offices- $200, U.S. House - $100, State Legislature $50. Independent Candidates for all offices but legislature - 10,000 registered missouri voters.
    • Local Recalls 25%
    • Deadlines: Referenda - 90 days after passage of law to be referred to the voters. Constitutional Convention - Automatic every 20 years

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  • mtcitizenMontana became the 41st state in the Union on November 8, 1889.

    Section 9 of Article XIV of the Montana Constitution states that the electors of the state can qualify an initiated constitutional amendment with signatures equal to 10% of the voters.

    Montana Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Recalls and Nominations

    • Signature Requirements for 2014
    • Amendments - 48,349 - 10% of the votes cast for Governor
    • Statutes - 24,174 5% of the votes cast for Governor
    • Referenda - 24,174 5% of the votes cast for Governor
    • Recalls Statewide Officers - 10% of the votes cast for the office to be recalled. District Officers - 15%

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  • nbcitizenNebraska became the 37th State in the Union March 1, 1867

    Article III of the Nebraska Constitution declares the citizens rights to Initiative. 

    RS 32-1303 allows the citizens the right to Recall.

    Nebraska Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Veto Referenda, Recalls for Local Officials and Nominations

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Amendments - 10% of registered voters
    • Statutes - 7% of registered voters
    • Veto Referenda 5% - 10% of registered voters
    • Recalls - 25% of the voters who voted in the last election for the official in the office to be recalled.
    • Nominations - Candidates are required to pay a fee that varies depending on the office sought. 

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  • nvcitizenNevada became the 36th State in the Union on October 31, 1864

    Article 19 Section 2 declares the citizens of Nevada have the right to citizens initiative.

    Nevada Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Statute Affirmations, Referenda, Recalls and Nominations

    • 2014 Signature Requirements for all Citizen Propositions; 10% of voters in the last election = 101,666
    • Recalls - 25% of those who "actually" voted in the election for the candidate subject to be recalled.
    • Nominations - 250 signatures to get on the ballot
    • Laws Regarding Local Ballot Measures - Nevadan Citizens can put local initiative and referenda on the ballot.

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  • nhcitizenNew Hampshire became the 9th state in the Union in June 21, 1788.

    Charter 49 B  Declares the Citizens of New Hampshire have the right to local initiative and referendum.

    New Hampshire allows: Local Charter Amendments

    Signature Requirements: 20% of the voters who voted in the last election. 

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  • njcitizenNew Jersey became the 3rd State in the Union on December 18th 1787.

    Section 2(b) of Article 1 of the New Jersey Constitution allows for the right of Recall. 

    Article IV, Sections VII, Paragraph 10 grants Charter governments the right to petition the legislature for Initiative and Referenda rights.

    New Jersey Allows:, Recalls, Nominations, Local Initiatives, Local Referenda and Legislative Referrals

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Recalls: 25% of the voters who voted in the district in the last Gubernatorial election. 
    • Nominations: U.S. Senate and Governor: Partisan Candidates - 1000 signatures - Independent Candidates - 800 signatures U.S. House - 200 signatures, State Legislature: Partisan and Independent Party - 100 signatures. 
    • Local Initiative and Referenda: 10% to 15% of votes cast in the last election for the General Assembly. Only allowed in Atlantic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer and Union
    • Deadlines: Referenda: 20 days after passage of the measure to be referred. Recalls: Governor - 320 days - Other Executive Offices - 160 days

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  • nmcitizenNew Mexico became the 47th State in the Union on January 6th 1912.

    Article IV Section 1 of the New Mexico Constitution provides citizens the right to Veto Referenda. NM Statutes 3 - 14 - 18 and 3 - 1 - 5 authorize Initiative for Commission Manager form of government. Article XIX of the New Mexico Constitution provides procedure for Legislative Referrals and Constitutional Conventions. §9 of Article 10 of the New Mexico Constitution (county officials), in §14 of Article 12 (school officials), and in NMSA 3-14-16 (elected officials in commission-manager municipalities) allows for the right to Recall. 

    New Mexico Allows: Citizen Grand Jury, Nominations, Local Recalls, Local Initiative and Referenda, Legislative Referrals, and Constitutional Convention.

    • Home Rule allows 11 cities to have Initiative and Referendum rights including: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Clovis, Gallup, Grants, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Los Alamos
    • Signature Requirements: Referenda: 60,770 - 10% of the voters who voted in the last General Election. Local Initiative 20% of the voters who voted in the last municipal elections. Recall -  33.3% of the voters who voted in the last election of the office held.
    • Nominations: Varied Fee and Signature Requirements
    • Deadlines: Recall: NONE

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  • nycitizenNew York was the 11th State to join the Union on July 26, 1788.

    New York Consolidated Laws, Municipal Home Rule, Article 4, Part 2, §37 gives New York citizens the right to Home Rule and binding local charter amendments. 

    New York Allows: Local Initiatives are allowed in all Cities and in Suffolk County. 

    • Signature Requirements: Local Initiatives require two rounds of signatures. First Round: 10% or 33,000 whichever is less, to get on in front of the legislature for approval, if the legislature fails to approve the measures proponents of local initiatives can gather a Second Round of an additional 5% of 15,000 whichever is less, to put their measure on the ballot. 
    • Nominations: U.S. Senate and Statewide Executive Offices: 15,000 signatures - U.S. House: Partisan Candidates - 1,250, Independent Candidates - 3,500 - State Senate: Partisan Candidates - 1000 signatures, Independent Candidates - 3000 signatures - House of Representatives: Partisan Candidates 500 signatures - Independent Candidates: 1,500 signatures
    • Deadlines: Charter Amendments - First Round: NONE - Second Round: between two to four months after the First Round.
    • Constitutional Convention - Automatic every 20 years. 

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  • nccitizenNorth Carolina was the 12th State to join the Union on November 21, 1789

    NC General Statute Section 160A-104 gives charter initiative rights to charter cities.

    North Carolina Allows: Local Initiatives and Referenda (Greensboro and Raleigh only) and Nominations

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Local Initiatives: Greensboro - 25% , Raleigh - 10% of the voters who voted in the last general election.
    • Deadline: One Year

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  • ndcitizenNorth Dakota was the 39th State to join the Union on November 2nd 1889

    Article III of the North Dakota Constitution declares the citizens rights to propositions. 

    North Dakota Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Recall, Nomination, Local Initiatives and Referenda, Legislative Referrals and Constitutional Conventions

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Amendments - 26,904 = 4% of the population 
    • Statutes and Referenda - 13,452 = 2% of the population 
    • Recalls 25% of the voters who voted in the last election in the district to be recalled.
    • Nominations - U.S. Senate, House and Executive Officer - Party Candidates - 300 signature or 3% of the voters who voted in the last election. Independent Candidates - 1000 signatures - State Legislature- 300 signatures or 1% of the voters who voted in the last election.
    • Local Initiative and Referenda in Cities and Counties - 15% 
    • Deadlines: 1 Year on all propositions. All signatures must be turned in 90 days prior to the election.

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  • ohcitizenOhio became the 17th State to join the Union on March 1st, 1803.

    Article XVI gives Ohio citizens the rights to Initiative and Referenda

    ORC §705.92 gives Ohio citizens the right to Recall.

    Ohio Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Recalls, Nominations

    • Signature Requirements for 2014: All measures require an initial 1000 signatures and then a percentage of the votes cast for Governor in the last election.
    • Amendments: 385,247 signatures = 10% 
    • Statutes and Referenda: 231,149 signatures = 6%
    • Recalls - 15% 
    • Nominations: Small Fee and Small Signature Requirement
    • Deadlines: Initiative Amendments and Statutes must be turned in 125 days before general elections. Referenda signature must be filed within 90 days.

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  • okcitizenOklahoma was the 46th State to join the Union on November 16th, 1907

    Article 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution gives the citizens the right to Initiatives and Referenda. Article 2, Section 18 of the Oklahoma Constitution gives citizens the right to Citizen Grand Jury

    Oklahoma Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Recall, Nomination, Citizen Grand Jury and Constitutional Convention

    • Signature Requirements as of 2014:
    • Amendments - 155,216 - 15% of registered voters who voted in the last Gubernatorial election. 
    • Statutes - 82,782 - 8% of registered voters who voted in the last Gubernatorial election.
    • Referenda 51,739 - 5% of registered voters who voted in the last Gubernatorial election.
    • Recalls - 25% of the voters who voted in the last election for the incumbent to be recalled.
    • Nomination - U.S. Senate $1000 fee. U.S. House $750 fee. Legislature $30 for Partisan Candidates - Free for Non-Affiliated Candidates
    • County Citizen Grand Jury - 500 - 5000 signatures or the same amount for a county initiative.
    • Deadlines: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda and Recalls - 90 days from beginning circulation. Citizen Grand Juries - 45 days.

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  • orcitizenOregon became the 33rd State in the Union on February 14, 1859.

    Article IV Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution declares the citizens have the rights to ballot propositions.

    Oregon Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Recalls & Nominations.

    • Signature Requirements as of 2014:
    • Amendments - 116,284 - 8%
    • Statutes - 87,213 - 6%
    • Referenda - 58,142 - 4%
    • Recalls - 15%
    • Nominations - U.S. Senate 500 signatures. U.S. House - 300 signatures

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  • pacitizenPennsylvania was the 2nd State to join the Union on December 12th, 1787

    Title 53, Chapter 29, Subchapter C provides citizens rights to Home Rule charter amendments. 

    Pennsylvania Allows: Limited Initiative rights in Charter Cities and Third Class Cities with Home Rule provisions and Legislative Referrals.

    • Signature Requirements: Local Amendments - 10% of the signatures of voters who voted for governor in the district. 
    • Deadlines: 7 weeks.

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  • ricitizenRhode Island became the 13th State to join the Union on May 29th, 1790

    Article 4 Section 1 of the Rhode Island Constitution allows citizens the right to Recall.

    Article XIII of the Rhode Island Constitution allows citizens the right to Charter Amendments. 

    Rhode Island Allows: Recall, Local Initiative and Referenda
    I&R is available in 8 cities: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, and Central Falls

    • Signature Requirements:
    • Recalls - 15% of the votes cast for Governor in the district of the incumbent to be recalled.
    • Local I&R - Signature amounts vary by the city
    • Deadlines: Recalls - 90 days

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  • sccitizenSouth Carolina was the 8th State to join the Union on May 23rd, 1788.

    South Carolina Code of Laws 5-17-10 provides citizens in all cities and counties Initiatives and Referenda rights.

    South Carolina allows: Local Home Rule for I&R, Nominations, Legislative Referrals and Legislative Constitutional Conventions. 

    • Signature Requirements: Initiatives and Referenda - 15% of registered voters in the last municipal election.
    • Nomination: Small fee, convention appointment or signatures from 5% of active registered voters in the district. 
    • Deadlines: Referenda are required to be filed within 60 days of the ordinance to be referred.

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  • ndcitizenSouth Dakota was the 40th State to join the Union on November 2nd 1889.

    Article III of the South Dakota Constitution gives citizens the right to Initiative and Referenda

    South Dakota Allows: Amendments, Statutes, Referenda, Local I&R, Recall and Nomination

    • Signature Requirements for 2014:
    • Amendments: 31,708 signatures = 10%
    • Statutes and Referenda: 15,854 signatures = 5%
    • Recall - 15% of the voters in the municipality
    • Nomination - U.S. House and U.S. Senate - 1% of the voters who voted in the last Gubernatorial election. Governor: 1% for Independents, 2.5% for new party candidates. 
    • Local I&R - 5% of the registered voters in the municipality
    • Deadlines: Statewide measures - 1 year, Local I&R and Recalls - 6 months

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  • tscitizenAgriculture and Commerce

    Tennessee was the 16th State in the Union on June 1st 1796

    Tennessee Allows: Local Initiative and Referenda in select cities, local Recalls and Nominations

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  • txcitizenFriendship

    Texas was the 28th State to join the Union on December 29, 1845.

    Texas Allows: Local Initiatives, Local Referenda, Recalls and Nominations.

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  • utcitizenIndustry

    Utah was the 45th State of the Union on January 4th 1896

    Utah Allows: Statutes, Referenda, Local Initiatives and Referenda and Nominations. 

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  • vtcitizenFreedom and Unity

    Vermont became the 10th State in the Union on March 4th 1791.

    Vermont Allows: Nomination, Referenda, Local Charter Amendment and Initiatives in the City of Birmingham.

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  • vacitizenDeath to Tyrants

    Virginia became the 10th State in the Union on June 25th 1788.

    Virginia Allows: Nominations, Recalls, Initiative and Referenda in Lynchburg, Hampton, Norfolk and Portsmouth. 

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  • WacitizenIn the Future

    Washington became the 42nd State in the Union on November 11th, 1989

    Washington Allows: Statutes, Local Ballot Measures, Referenda and Recalls

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  • wvcitizenMountaineers are Always Free

    West Virginia became the 35th state to join the Union on June 20th 1863

    West Virginia Allows: Nominations.

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  • wscitizenForward

    Wisconsin became the 30th State to join the Union on May 29th, 1848. 

    Wisconsin Allows: Recalls, Local Initiatives, Nominations.

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  • wycitizenEqual Rights

    Wyoming became the 44th State to join the Union on July 10th, 1890.

    Wyoming Allows: Initiative Statutes, Referenda and Nominations.

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  • National-LegislationLand of the Free, Home of the Brave

    National Model Legislation Allows: any state with state wide ballot initiative rights to implement choice legislation by a popular vote at the next election.

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