PROTECT THE PETITION PROCESS
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The right to petition prevents tyranny and corrupt politics. Our Founding Fathers affirmed that We the People control government.
Colorado must resist further attacks by politicians, bureaucrats, and other authoritarians. Defend our First Amendment right to petition. Free us from these would-be masters.
The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) used all volunteer help. It passed, although outspent 4-to-1. Term limits and other grassroots petitions also reformed government.
Raising signature requirements has made collection harder for volunteers. Requiring super-majorities, so “no” votes count more than “yes” votes, is also undemocratic.
Voters are selective, but want choices. In 100+ years, voters have approved about 75 petitioned laws. By contrast, politicians pass 400+ new laws yearly. The Petition Rights Amendment (PRA) will provide checks and balances.
Wary of petitions by special interests? PRA allows more time to get entries, so grassroots volunteers can succeed.
Too many amendments? PRA ends political repeal of petitions. Amendments will need to collect 50% more signatures than ordinary petitions do.
Too many elections? PRA limits them to one day in November.
Unaccountable county, school, or special district? PRA covers them too.
Annoyed by lengthy, vague ballot titles? PRA holds them to 60 words in plain English. Election notices will be written by citizens, not bureaucrats.
Angered by legislative dishonesty? Since 1933, most bills are falsely called “emergencies.” PRA allows 10 “emergencies” in their 120-day session.
Colorado has the nation’s most anti-petition legislature. Citizens convinced the U. S. Supreme Court many times to save our right to petition after political attacks. Colorado heads the Hall of Shame of the 50 Legislatures.
Petitions alone change nothing. They just let citizens vote on proposed laws. Insiders who attack petitions are trying to suppress your precious right to vote.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
PRA reduces 1563 words in our state constitution to 464 clear words to protect your right to vote. It’s SHORT.
PRA replaces complexity from 1910 with very brief procedures that prefer statutory changes. It’s SIMPLE.
PRA reforms petition elections—only one day a year, fewer lawsuits, and more voter information. It’s FAIR.