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Petition to U.S. Voters

Declare your political independence

From the Stamp Act in 1765 to the Tea Act in 1773, and ultimately the shots fired in Lexington in 1775 and the ensuing Revolutionary War, the American people have resisted the vile concept of taxation without representation. Yet with just two independent Senators in the Senate and zero independent or third party Representatives in the House, there is a large and growing segment of the population that is only minimally represented in the major legislative bodies of our federal government. The picture in state legislatures is only slightly less grim -- there are a total of 42 independent and third party legislators out of 7,383, or 0.6% compared with 0.4% in Congress. We are at a crisis point in American democracy. The way we get out of this mess is to view our votes differently, to recognize all of our options, and to step out of the partisan box. The second we start to even consider all of our options, the blinders come off and we can see our own agency to change what’s broken. We can start to demand more from the candidates who have been taking our votes for granted. We can advocate more effectively for reforms like Ranked Choice Voting and Open Debates that are so clearly beneficial to our system of self-governance. If we declare our political independence, we recapture the theoretical power of our votes and our voices. If they can’t take our votes for granted, after all, they actually have to start listening to us. 92 million voting-eligible Americans (40%) did not vote in the 2016 election. 66 million voted for Hillary Clinton (29%). 63 million voted for Donald Trump (27%). The clear winners of the election were apathy and disgust. The clear losers were the American people and our entire democratic experiment. We can, and we must, do better.

Open The Debates!
53 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Lauren Baer

A televised debate for the Democratic Candidates of Florida's 18th Congressional District

There must be a televised debate for the Democratic Candidates of Florida's 18th Congressional District before early voting starts on August 18th Debates have played a vital role in helping voters understand the issues facing our country and where the candidates may have different views. This primary election decides who the registered Democrats of District 18 feel like best represents their views and concerns.We need a strong candidate going forward into the 2018 midterms. But more importantly, elections can not be decided by who has the most impressive campaign fundraising. We need to raise the bar for ourselves and our country. Standards and transparency in politics matters, no matter what party a candidate is with.  We implore the Pam Keith and Lauren Baer campaigns to make sure the voters of District 18 are fully informed on whom they are voting for by arranging for a live streamed and locally televised event for everyone to watch. This allows voters to make an informed decision for themselves and our country.    ****As of approximately 1:30pm on June 17th the Pam Keith has officially reached out to me with an official response***   " No candidate who truly respects voters refuses to debate, or engages in the gaslighting of calling things « debates » that are not. The voters have a right to measure their candidates, head to head, in a format that allows for challenge and engagement of positions. This campaign is unabashedly and unreservedly willing to do so in a televised debate. No other position should be viewed as anything but the evasion and disrespect of voters that it is. "  

Alison Berrios
691 supporters