About Us

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
Occupy the Ballot: Indiana is a non-partisan, citizen driven organization. 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.
Currently, 24 states have the right to petition driven ballot initiatives.  Indiana has none of these rights and Occupy the Ballot: Indiana intends on changing that situation.  Please take a few moments to look into this important issue.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us so we can answer your inquiries or visit our FAQ page.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  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.
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For anyone interested in gathering on-grounds petitions three things to keep in mind:
1) Please make sure that everyone that signs is an INDIANA REGISTERED VOTER, it might be handy to have voter registration forms with you.
2) Please make sure that there is ONE COUNTY PER PAGE, try to print off some extra copies.
3) Please SCAN each page (email us if you need access to a scanner/ stamps/ envelopes…) and email the scans to occupytheballotindiana@gmail.com before mailing it to:
Indiana General Assembly
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786

A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful supportive people keeping this project going. Power to the people!

During the 1990s, voter turnout was 7% to 9% greater in midterm elections and 3% to 4.5% higher in presidential elections in states that have the initiative process over those that do not. -The Effects of Ballot Initiatives on Voter Turnout in the American States

“One big difference between initiatives and elected representatives is that initiatives do not change their minds once you vote them in.”
– Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform

“The will of the majority, the natural law of every society, is the only sure guardian of the rights of man. Perhaps even this may sometimes err; but its errors are honest, solitary and short-lived.”

– Thomas Jefferson

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“Without initiatives and referendums, elites would barely bother at all to take note of public opinion on issues they disdained – from supermajority requirements to raise taxes to term limits. They serve as a reminder that the experts’ sometimes have to pay attention to good old common sense.”

– John Fund of The Wall Street Journal

We need a web presence team and a research team asap! Email occupytheballotindiana@gmail.com for more information today.

“I believe in the Initiative and Referendum, which should be used not to destroy representative government, but to correct it whenever it becomes misrepresentative.”
– President Teddy Roosevelt

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Robert Byrne

IN General Assembly rushed Right to Work through before the Super Bowl. Don’t give up! Demand ballot initiative rights! Occupy the Superbowl