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Local Ballot Initiatives: How citizens change laws with clipboards, conversations, and campaigns

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Local Ballot Initiatives: How citizens change laws with clipboards, conversations, and campaigns by Leslie Graves was published by the Lucy Burns Institute on November 12, 2012. You can download a free .pdf version of the book online.

Contents

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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Introduction

  • What is a local ballot measure?
  • Why do people use the local ballot initiative process?
  • Charter cities and general law cities
  • Do other types of government offer I&R?
  • What do local activists need to know about city-wide initiatives?
  • Understanding the steps in the ballot initiative process
  • Details on the steps in the process
  • Calculating if the number of signatures gathered changes the election date
  • Determining the petition circulation period
  • Understanding the official ballot text
  • Understanding the proper format for the petition itself
  • Training your circulators
  • Be aware of circulator requirements
  • Collecting signature sheets during the petition drive
  • Submitting your signatures
  • Honoring your campaign finance filing and reporting obligations

Appendix
Closing Notes
Acknowledgements

See also

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