Petition to Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.
We are starting this petition in support for Justin Camp a 13 year old African American male being charged as an adult in Walton County Superior Court in Monroe, GA. Justin has been charged with 7 felonies and faces 25 years to Life. Justin has been deemed incompetent and non-restorable 4 times meaning he does not understand the charges against him, he can not assist his attorney with his defense and he's too young to assist in his case. Justin currently has a public defender who is not fighting to get him due process or protection of his civil rights. His public defender has not explored options of rehabilitation versus incarceration. Justin has been incarcerated for over 2yrs. Justin is currently in Greenville, Ga. at a facility where they are training him on competency 4 hours daily in order for him to regain competency to go to trial for the alleged charges. Justin is a diabetic type 1 being deprived of snacks, phone calls, sometimes visitation from his parents. Justin was questioned without his mother's permission and his statement was used to create the 7 charges. We are needing support from family, friends, friends of family, friends of friends, the media, etc. to help get the word out about Justin's case. We need support and people to sign this petition in support to FREE JUSTIN! We're not claiming innocence or guilt but what we are saying is Justin should haveREHABILITATION V/S INCARCERATION!!
Petition to Monrovia City Council
Tell Monrovia City Council to hold City Elections in November, not March
On November 7, 2017, the same day elections in Virginia and throughout the country had record levels of voter turnout, Monrovia’s City Council introduced an ordinance that would likely continue our low voter turnout. Recently, California approved Senate Bill (SB) 415, which aims to increase voter turnout in local elections. Under this new law, cities in California that currently hold stand-alone elections are required to schedule these at the same time as statewide elections held in either November (general election) or March (primary election), if their turnout falls below a certain threshold. For Monrovia, this threshold is 45.7%. Monrovia’s voter turnout for the April 2017 city election was 13.4%, and 23.2% in April 2015. While both options may increase voter turnout relative to current levels, the data suggest turnout will be much higher in November than March. In the last four November elections, Monrovia had an average turnout of 60.9%. On October 17, in a study session, city staff recommended moving the city elections to March, when primary elections are held, beginning in 2020, rather than November 2018. If passed, this would have the effect of extending all current Council members’ terms by 11 months, rather than reducing them by 5 months. By law, they are allowed to extend or reduce terms by up to 12 months. At the November 7 City Council meeting, several citizens spoke in opposition to the ordinance, proposing that city elections instead be held in November to align them with higher turnout general elections. Still, the City Council voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance proposing city elections be moved to March. It is currently scheduled to be voted into law on November 21, after which Monrovia residents will have no say. The time to speak up is now! Increased turnout will result in a City Council that is more reflective of all Monrovia residents and not just a small fraction. Our voter turnout is extraordinarily low, and the reasons the City Council and staff gave for preferring March over November are weak and misleading. These include logistical barriers to getting everything set up by November 2018, increased partisanship in November, and greater expense for candidates to reach the greater number of November voters. They have not described these logistical barriers or explained why they expect greater partisanship in November. On the contrary, research suggests primary elections are typically more partisan than general elections. Finally, the expense argument suggests City Council members prefer March not despite low turnout but because of low turnout. The Mayor has repeatedly said he is not concerned about Monrovia’s low voter turnout. Voter turnout is not a partisan issue, and is something that everyone, especially the Mayor, should care about, since an engaged electorate is essential to a functioning democracy. The new state law is intended to improve voter turnout for our city, and cities throughout California. If the City Council chooses low turnout March over November, they are in fact disenfranchising voters, even if this decision raises turnout relative to current levels. Our City Council should represent its citizens and their concerns, not the convenience and financial interests of elected officials. If you believe in increasing voter turnout so that the City Council represents all Monrovians and not just a few, please sign this petition. The petition will be presented to City Council at the November 21 meeting, before they vote to formally adopt the ordinance. If you would like to do more than sign, please consider contacting your City Council members (http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/your-government/city-council/meet-the-city-council or attending this meeting at 7:30 pm at City Hall. **Please only members of Monrovia, CA sign this petition**
Petition to Gregory Fenves, UT Board of Regents
Cancel class on election day at The University of Texas at Austin to promote voter turnout
Election Day is one of the most important times for citizens in the United States and as voter apathy is on the rise, something must be done to combat the negative attitude toward elections. One way in doing so, is simply to promote voting. As the United States continues to grow and evolve, it is increasingly more important to get young people involved in the election process. Many students simply don't have time to vote on election day due to class and the time commitment of voting. By giving students a holiday on midterm and presidential elections, it both promotes and allows for all students to participate in their most important civil duty. If we want the culture of voter apathy to change in our nation, we must provide young people with the means to participate and care. The University of Texas at Austin can lead the charge for change and hopefully promote other state institutions to follow suit. Proposal: Introduce a student holiday every two years on the dates of midterm and presidential elections.
Petition to Indiana Election Commission
Indiana Voter Suppression - Election Commission Response Requested
In the 2016 general election, Lake County, IN had a smaller percentage of registered voters casting ballots than the rest of Indiana based on registered voters. Indiana’s voter turnout for the election was below the national average exacerbating Lake County’s under-representation. This does not take into account that since the election, nearly half a million registered voters in Indiana have been deleted from the roles of which over 28,000 are from Lake County. Due to the poor voter turnout in Indiana, we are asking you to respond to the questions below. 1) Based on the low voter turnout for Indiana and the even lower voter turnout for Lake County, what is the Commission’s plan to address concerns over consolidation of voter precincts in Lake County which would decrease access to polling locations for a substantial number of voters? 2) Has the Commission reviewed the analysis in “One Person, One Vote: Estimating the Prevalence of Double Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections” by Sharad Goel, Marc Meredith, Michael Morse, David Rothschild and Houshmand Shirani-Mehr? What is the Commission’s statement about the analysis? If the Commission does not agree with the analysis, can they provide equally reputable analysis for that opposition? 3) In combination with the data in question two and Indiana’s low voter turnout, has the data been reviewed showing that voter ID laws have little impact on an insignificant number of fraudulent votes and prevent a significant number of actual votes? https://www.aclu.org/other/oppose-voter-id-legislation-fact-sheet What is the Commission’s response to the fact sheet on the suppression created by voter id laws? If the recommendation is to continue with the current laws, can the Commission provide equally reputable analysis for the recommendation? 4) Has the Commission reviewed the results from DefCon where hackers were able to break into US voting machines in less than two hours? http://fortune.com/2017/07/31/%20defcon-hackers-us-voting-machines/ Based on these findings, does the Commission have a plan for the counties that do not currently have an auditable paper trail? If they do not have a plan to protect votes in Indiana, what reassurance can they give voters that the vote totals cannot be altered? Thank you for your time and attention to these critical issues affecting our votes.
Petition to John Lewis, Democratic National Committee, Nathan Deal, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson, Paul Ryan, Alec Palmer, Karen Handel, Brian Kemp
Karen Handel Must Participate in 6 Debates with Jon Ossoff prior to 6th district election
Residents of the 6th district of Georgia deserve to be able to make an informed decision prior to casting their vote on June 20, 2017. Without sufficient public debates, this election will become a popularity contest rather than a democratic election. Karen Handel has rejected several public debates, and is attempting to vet the 3 confirmed debates in an effort to evade public scrutiny. Voters deserve to have answers to their questions and a clear understanding of the vision and plans of our officials prior to casting our vote in this critical election. Candidates shouldn't be allowed to cherry pick which debates they will attend based on their popularity in those regions. Karen Handel is running a campaign to represent the constituents of this district, and she must make an effort to participate in these debates where our diverse community is represented. Failure to do so will lead to inflated election results, based solely on party affiliation rather than an informed populous casting their vote for the best candidate to represent their interests & community in Congress.