Support the Ballot Initiatives
THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. Many states allow ballot measures as part of a dynamic democratic system. It gives advocates the ability to advance their mission, bypass the legislative process and take the vote directly to the electorate on a single political issue. RISE will be supporting ballot initiatives to repeal both the criminal and civil statutes of limitation (SOLs) for child sexual abuse in all 50 states to protect our children once and for all. This course of action is absolutely viable as multiple states have already done so successfully. We will begin in California in 2016.
THE PROCESS. There are four phases to bringing a ballot initiative and it usually costs several million dollars.
- Phase 1 requires focus groups and statewide survey to validate the viability for fundraising.
- Phase 2 requires legally drafting the measure and getting it approved.
- Phase 3 requires gathering 500,000+ valid registered voter signatures.
- Phase 4 requires getting the general public to vote to repeal the SOLs.
JOIN US. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated. First and foremost, being fully funded by June 2015 is essential to achieving passage in California. Next, generating a statewide grassroots awareness campaign is imperative. And last, but not least, inspiring the general public to vote resoundingly is going to take a huge concerted effort! One that we cannot do alone.
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