Let the People Decide on Hot-Button Issues

Target: Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Propose Constitutional amendment that would allow Americans to vote in national referendums.

Voters in Ohio just had the opportunity to enshrine reproductive rights into their state constitution, which they did in resounding numbers. Every political season, citizens of some states and localities get the most direct say in the shaping of laws via referendums (also known as propositions and ballot measures). These processes put key legislative proposals to a popular vote, thereby cutting off the efforts of extremist politicians to enact deeply unpopular laws. Referendums can and have covered a wide range of issues, including voting procedures, marijuana legalization, gun control, and healthcare expansion.

While every state offers some form of referendums, the scope and implementation of these measures differs greatly. And despite centuries of support, no chances for referendums currently exist at the national level. The proposed National Initiative for Democracy constitutional amendment would change the current landscape by allowing federal popular vote referendums. Any referendum placed on a ballot would have to meet qualification standards and follow specified guidelines.

Sign the petition below to support an effort that would help restore balance of power to the people.


Dear Senator Schumer,

Key historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison advocated for referendums. The latter stated that “as the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory to recur to the same original authority … whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new model the powers of government.” While referendums and ballot measures have made an impact at the local and state level over the ensuing decades and centuries, the full promise of these initiatives has never been realized at the national level.

The National Initiative for Democracy would rectify this oversight by giving back to the people checks and balances while preserving representative government. Too often, legislators use and abuse their power to enact unpopular laws and dictates against the will of the people. Strictly moderated and implemented referendums can stop these anti-democratic efforts in their tracks. The proposed National Initiative is a potential amendment that has put together a strong set of standards for making this process work.

Please explore this proposal and advocate for the purest form of direct democracy/decree and people’s sovereignty that gives every American a voice.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Drew Anderson

One Comment

  1. We the people need popular vote not just for elections but in order to have a say in our governance. Both Congress and the Senate sit in their offices and trade, sell, and buy stock with inside information. The make a lot of money. We tax payers don’t! Martha Stewart did this and went to prison. This is one reason we the people are not even part of any equation in government. We pay our taxes but the GOP gives tax breaks to the ultra rich. Why? They pay politicians in dark money under the table. Foreign money is allowed to be given to our politicians when running for office. Wonder why? Greed and graft. We the people need to have a say in government otherwise we will continue to be doormats to those who are not interested in us. Extremists and the like need to be thrown out of government and this is one way to accomplish that!!!!!!!!!

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