Referendum


Vermont has no process for its citizens to directly address the broad-based issues of the day other than the Byzantine system of amending our state’s Constitution.
 

Let Vermont Vote

   Let Vermont Vote is about opening up Vermont’s political process to the citizens of Vermont. We’re concerned about activist judges and elitist legislators disenfranchising the electorate. We’re concerned that Vermont has no process for its citizens to directly address the broad-based issues of the day other than the Byzantine system of amending our state’s Constitution.

   For example:  As of December 2011 less than 400 Vermont voters have had any vote on same sex unions. That's counting our five “Supreme Legislators” with the Baker ruling, former Gov. Howard Dean and the General Assemblies in 2000, 2001 and 2009.

   It's time to include all of Vermont's voters in the process by actually letting them vote on this issue!

   Previous to April 2009, we advocated the Legislature using its powers to authorize a non-binding referendum asking voters if they affirm existing Vermont law. The question would be "Should marriage in Vermont continue to be solely between one man and one woman."

   In the context of passing Vermont’s Same-Sex Marriage law in 2009, The Vermont Senate rejected a non-binding referendum with a vote of 19-11. Later the Vermont House turned the idea down 96-52. Both votes were credible showings of support for the idea of a referendum.

  However, with the passage of Same-Sex Marriage in Vermont, the non-binding referendum no longer makes sense on this issue. The only other option afforded Vermont’s citizens is to call for a Constitutional Amendment to protect Traditional Marriage by putting it within the Vermont Constitution.

  In addition, Vermont remains as one of the few states with no options for citizens to place questions on the statewide ballot. Therefore, we will also continue to advocate for a Citizen’s Referendum process - such as many other states have - so that Vermont’s people will have opportunity for more direct participation in our legislative process.

 

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