To: The Pennsylvania State House and The Pennsylvania State Senate

Allow Popular Initiative and Referendum in PA

Create a streamlined process for Pennsylvanians to easily obtain popular initiatives to put on the referendum. Many states' citizens have the benefit of getting to vote on referenda based on popular initiative, yet Pennsylvania has yet to adopt a streamlined process to allow its citizens to do the same. To make matters worse, the PA legislature rarely puts its own proposals on the referendum when they cannot conclusively agree on issues.

Why is this important?

Referenda give the legislature the true opinion of the voting public on issues, and initiative is no more subject to abuse by special interest groups than the legislative process. Referenda give a voice to anyone who is registered to vote, and have worked very well in states that use them.

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Reasons for signing

  • I just moved back home to PA after 18 years in California, and am horrified to learn my Independent voice doesn't count in my state, especially RIGHT NOW.
  • We really need to make changes in our elections and ,Have a say.
  • This change would encourage an engaged and active citizenry, improve efficiency of legislation, and strengthen the democratic processes of our commonwealth.