In response to the right to vote being on the SCOTUS chopping block next session, we could use direct democracy to preserve the right to vote.

I’ve learned there is a way to achieve direct democracy in about half the states. It’s called a ballot initiative. It allows registered voters of that state to collect many signatures on a petition, and to put a question on the upcoming ballot for the general public to vote on. This completely bypasses the elected officials. Each state has it’s own rules. Some states can create, repeal, or amend state or local laws. 15 states can actually amend their state constitution this way.

For anyone who was unaware of this upcoming ruling, the Supreme Court has a strategy to further undermine voting called the independent state legislature theory, that would give state legislatures free reign with cast votes, even to destroy them at their discretion. My understanding is a state legislature would be able to throw its entire collective vote toward a candidate of their choosing. I’m still researching this, so please forgive for anything that needs revision but I wanted to get the idea out there that we can draft ideas in our own states, or help others if our state does not have a ballot initiative process.

I’ve read there are grassroots organizations that have successfully used the ballot initiative process, so I hope we can make ours a success, too!

In response to the right to vote being on the SCOTUS chopping block next session, we could use direct democracy to preserve the right to vote.