The People's Amendment Language

Amendment by Citizen Initiative

Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by a petition signed by a number of electors equal in number to at least five percent of the total votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election. A petition shall contain the text of the proposed amendment and the date of the general election at which the proposed amendment is to be submitted, shall have been signed by the petitioning electors not more than twenty-four months preceding that general election and shall be filed with the Secretary of State at least six months before that general election. The procedure for determining the validity and sufficiency of a petition shall be provided by law but a petition shall not be invalidated without either an insufficient number of signatures or clear and convincing evidence of fraud, forgery or deception. If the petition is valid and sufficient, the proposed amendment shall be submitted to the electors at that general election and shall become effective if approved by three-fifths of those voting on the amendment.

It changes 3 things:
1.  It removes the sentence regarding "procedural and structural subjects of Article IV."  This allows the citizens to easily address any part of the constitution.
2.  It lowers the signature bar from 8 to 5 percent of the previous gubernatorial election.
3.  It requires a "clean" super-majority for passage.  The current language is 3/5 of those voting on amendment or a simple majority of voters in the election.  Of the 23 amendment proposed in the past, all have come down to the super majority b/c of the undervote.  However, I believe it should be clear that a super majority is required for passage.  Constitutional changes shouldn't be done as a simple majority in any circumstance.

Click HERE to sign the petition!

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  • Frederick Dallmeyer
    commented 2016-01-14 08:16:02 -0600
    So…. You want a government system like California, is that my understanding?

    From Wikipedia:

    “An amendment may be placed on the ballot by either a two-thirds vote in the California State Legislature or signatures equal to 8% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, among the lowest thresholds for similar measures of any U.S. state.23

    So…. you are proposing to make it easier for a small group of people to complicate the political process?