Occupy the Ballot: Indiana
  • Petitioned Kathy Kreag Richardson

This petition was delivered to:

Republican Caucus Chair
Kathy Kreag Richardson
Democratic Whip
Kreg Battles
Republican Whip
David Frizzell
Speaker of the House
Brian Bosma
Democratic Indiana House Speaker
Pat Bauer
Republican Floor Leader
Bill Friend
Democratic Floor Leader
Linda Lawson
Democratic Caucus Chair
F. Dale Grubb
Republican Floor Leader
Connie Lawson
Republican Caucus Chair
James Merritt, Jr.
Republican Whip
Brandt Hershman
Minority Leader
Vi Simpson
Republican President Pro Tempore
David Long
Asst Leader
Timothy Lanane
Republican Assistant Pro Tempore
Sue Landske
Caucus Chair
Jim Arnold
Democratic Whip
Earline Rogers
Democratic Whip
Lindel Hume
Indiana Governor
Indiana State Senate
Indiana State House

Occupy the Ballot: Indiana

    1. Petition by

      Occupy Indiana

Our goal is to allow the registered voters of Indiana to petition for issues to be placed on the ballot for a statewide vote. This would give every voter the ability to shape Indiana’s political discourse. Our system of government was designed for our representatives to be responsible to their constituents, but  the current political situation gives emphasis to large donors, lobbyists, and special interest groups. Ballot initiatives are one way to return the power to the American citizen.
We feel direct democracy techniques are the best way for citizens to participate in their government. Voter turnout is higher in states with ballot initiative rights, and voters with these rights can impact issues directly without choosing between political parties or candidates. Join us today in our fight for freedom, liberty, and opportunity. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Judy Cramer FORT WAYNE, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Because no one is representing my choice, so I have to do it myself.

    • Robert Hire FORT WAYNE, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Because, in our current political arena, one man with a million dollars has more politicall influence than a million people with one vote each.

    • Merry Juerling INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • almost 3 years ago

      I not only support this for Indiana, but for our country as well.

    • Pamela Kraft DUNKIRK, IN
      • almost 3 years ago

      We the people should have the say of what is and is not to be a law by majority vote. Not bought out lobbist directed Public Servents.

    • Brian Turnpaugh KOKOMO, IN
      • almost 3 years ago

      [email reply to my signature from Sen. Jim Buck, District 21]


      Thank you for contacting my office with your thoughts on ballot initiatives. It pleases me to see more and more Americans becoming interested in the legislative process.

      Though ballot initiatives have existed in our country for hundreds years, there are still issues with the process that concern me. Historically, our Founders were clear in their objective of checks and balances within the structure of our limited government. They were resolved in protecting freedoms for every citizen above all else. That is why, before a new statute is ratified, it goes through many hearings, committees, and votes to ensure there is a genuine consensus for a proposed law. Within this process, we accept testimony from our constituents in committee meetings. We encourage those in our districts to contact our offices and voice their opinions on potential legislation. Personally, several bills I have authored have come directly from conversations and ideas of voters in my district.

      An initiative process such as the one you are proposing can potentially impact our state on both a fiscal and social level. I am concerned that by passing legislation in this manner, the American idea of checks and balances that we have held so dear may be irreparably damaged. It is necessary to have debate, formal research, and fiscal analysis on potential legislation. An initiative process does not guarantee any of these.

      I will continue to support local governing bodies in their use of referenda and public questions on ballots, but changing our state’s constitution to seemingly circumvent the traditional legislative process seems flawed. I was elected to serve the interests of the constituents in Senate District 21 and hope they continue to use me for such purposes.

      Once again, thank you for sharing your views regarding this issue. I look forward to your continued input.


      Jim Buck

      State Senator

      District 21


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