We can only guess now how the confrontation between Congress and the President over a timetable for the withdrawal of
So when voters go to the polls early next year to select their choice for their party’s presidential nomination, one of the key questions on their minds will be and should be, who is going to get us out of
In this sense, the presidential primaries will be a referendum on the war. And – unfortunately – it may well be that in early 2008, tensions between the
The more that the questions of war and peace are issues confronted and addressed by the candidates, the better for the future of our country. However, we don’t need to let this be entirely determined by the vagaries of campaigns and media coverage. For many of us, at least, depending in part on where we live, we have a ready tool at our disposal to help shape the agenda in this election – the referendum.
Every state allows the legislature to place a referendum on the ballot. But in addition, twenty-four states allow citizens to put referenda directly on the ballot. The Initiative & Referendum Institute at the
In some cases the procedures for directly placing an item on the statewide ballot are onerous. There may also be early deadlines for doing so, another reason why it makes sense to consider this well in advance. But if one can’t surmount the barriers to create a statewide referendum, one can still do local referenda.
A survey by the International City/County Management Association suggests that nearly 90% of American cities have some form of referendum procedure.
A great thing about doing this locally is that you and your friends, or you and your friendly local council members, get to decide what the referendum questions will be.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Prevent War with Iran
Shall the voters call upon their elected representatives in Congress to pursue all available means to prevent war with Iran, including passing legislation that would explicitly prohibit the President from attacking Iran without Congressional authorization?
[State] Legislature Should Oppose the War in Iraq
Shall the voters call upon their elected representatives in the [State] Legislature to pass a resolution in opposition to the war in Iraq and in favor of a rapid and orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq?
Cut Funding for War and Occupation of Iraq
Shall the voters call upon their elected representatives in Congress to pursue all available means to limit military funding in Iraq to only what is required to bring all U.S. troops home safely?