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Did you know???
  • 71% of likely Alabama voters in 2010 wanted I&R.
  • Citizens in 24 states and the District of Columbia have statewide I&R
  • Considering municipalities, counties, and states, 72% of all US citizens have access to a form of I&R.
  • Birmingham citizens have this right, but not the rest of us in Alabama.
  • Citizens in each county at their county level have I&R but for one specific reason, Act 2005-200.
  • I&R could result in Alabama voters having Recall, Term Limits, and fair ballot access. Without I&R we shall not count on it.
  • I&R has been on US soil since the 1600's.
  • Pres. Thomas Jefferson, Gov. Fob James, Lt Gov candidate Kay Ivey in 2010, and NY Gov George Pataki favored this democratic right for voters.

Let Bama Vote - Alabama Initiative & Referndum (I&R)

"You can't want what you don't know." author unknown

Section 25 of the 1401 Alabama Constitution along with the First Amendment of our U.S. Constitution provides the Alabama citizens the right to petition our government "for redress of grievances or other purposes." Our state constitution provides "SECTION 25, Right to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances, etc. That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for the common good, and to apply to those invested with the power of government for redress of grievances or other purposes, by petition, address, or remonstrance.

Alabamians, across all demographics, want to be more involved in their political process with Initiative & Referendum (I&R) as proven in this chart. However, our legislators by design continue to maintain a drape over the most important tool to Let Bama Vote: Alabama Initiative and Referendum 500 likely voters responsesempower these voters. I&R has been before our legislature nearly 11 times and managed to get out of a committee only once. This tool would provide citizens the ability to place statutes and Constitution Amendments on the ballot as well as having the opportunity to vote on referanda from the legislature AND citizens. I&R will break the monopoloy our legislature has on Alabamians.

Citizens in 26 states and the District of Columbia have an assemblence of I&R - not Alabama.

Please Note: Voters in Maine are on the path to become the first in the nation to turn back Common Core via a veto referendum. The Maine Equal Rights Center and No Common Core Maine have come t4gether to repeal the implementation of Common Core standards in Maine state schools. The groups expect to have the required signatures for the Nov 2015 general ballot.

I&R is not a new concept; it has been on our U.S. soil since 1600's.

President Teddy Roosevelt, speaking in Columbus, Ohio on February 21, 1912 said

"...the initiative and referendum should be used, not as substitutes for representative government, but as methods of making such government really representative. Action by the initiative or referendum ought not to be the normal way of legislation; but the power to take it should be provided in the constitution, so that if the representatives fail truly to represent the people on some matter of sufficient importance to rouse popular interest, then the people shall have in their hands the facilities to make good the failure. . Give the legislature an entirely free hand; and then provide by the initiative and referendum that the people shall have power to reverse or supplement the work of the legislature should it ever become necessary."

I&R is also benefiting citizens in 15 of our largest 20 cities, often in states not willing to trust their citizens with state-wide I&R.

Helpful definitions


Popular features of both Initiative and Referendum, commonly referred across the U.S as I&R, have been incorporated into Initiative within Representative Mike Ball's 2014 bill, see the same bill sponsored during the 2013 session. The dynamic feature of Referendum, the ability to repeal unpopular legislative actions, is available to all citizens within Initiative.

Why Alabama Voters Deserve and Want Initiative

Tired of big government taking care of themselves (i.e. 2007 62% pay raises) and not able to fulfill the demands of the people, such as the Alabama Informed Voter Act, term limits and recall to mention a few. Second Amendment rights, less restrictive ballot access for qualified third party candidates, the best use of our state money in our educational processes are further evidence of the need for Alabama voters to have access to I&R!

Initiative is the process for citizens to initiate a bill, have it progress through the legislative process, Let Bama Vote: Alabama Initiative and Referendum color coded 50 states by I&R laws and placed before the voters.

Citizens are tired of legislative stalling, filibustering, and endless debate lingers during our legislature sessions. Why must citizens be on the receiving end of these tactics?

We should not be. With Initiative we will not be subject to the two parties fighting and sleeping together while accomplishing nothing we want and need.

Representative Mike Ball referring to a previously I&R bill (HB325) saying "It will not pass until the public demands it." Well, we are demanding it, certainly after the recent elections of September and November 2012!

Then legislator and now Congressman Mo Brooks agreed with Representative Mike Ball, "In my view, no version of I&R will pass absent (a) a strong, grass-roots effort (that I don't foresee rising any time soon) or (2) an elevation of issue by a Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House or President of the Senate. It is in this vein that I suggest you focus your efforts on convincing one of the above four to make I&R an issue. If you are successful, everything else will follow."

How is Alabama doing with Initiative?


Magpul, a firearms company, is leaving Colorado following Governor John Hickenlooper signing three anti-gun bills into law. Magpul a manufacturer of gun and pistols and their accessories and IPhone cases, as a result of the move, is planning on being a multi-state company who currently employees 600 people and generates nearly $100 million in sales. Explaining their reasons and actions on their Facebook page the entry concludes in part "...but we feel confident that Colorado residents can still take the state back through recalls, ballot initiatives, and the 2014 election to undo these wrongs against responsible Citizens." Highlighting applied.

Voters not wanting the design of a $50 million pier in St. Petersburg, Florida approved a referenda halting further construction on August 27, 2013 with a 63% approval.

Two grass root groups have joined forces in Maine to collect signatures for a popular referanda rejecting Common Core with expectations of a November 2014 vote.

Washington "Protect the Initiative Act", Initiative 517 has qualified for the Nov 5, 2013 ballot. According to Ballotpedia "The measure would implement penalties for intimidating, harassing, interfering with or retaliating against petition drive efforts for a ballot initiative."

Join the team for Alabama

In advance, I thank you for your interest in Alabama becoming the 25th state to have a citizenry worthy and trusted by our legislature. This will be no cake walk; therefore, if you are interested in learning more and educating your community groups, family, and neighbors and contacting your state representatives please do so and email Admin to be added to our I&R email alert list.