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March 12, 2006

This is what (printer) Democracy looks like

Emmett O'Connell has got a burr under his saddle, and it's about 11" x 17". 

No, seriously, Emmett is pursuing the not-so-radical idea that Washington State ought to allow ballot initiative petitions to be 8.5" x 11" so that average citizens could print them out at home.  The thinking is that this would make the initiative process more accessible to ordinary citizens and to campaigns with genuine grassroots support.

It's a damn good idea.  One that a number of other states have already implemented.

The initiative process is about making government accountable to the people.  The least we can do is put that power in the hands of people -- and their printers.

Posted by Jon Stahl on March 12, 2006 at 09:57 PM in Ballot Initiatives | Permalink


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