Local Ballot Issue generating interest

September 20, 2012

A non-partisan group, Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics, collected enough valid signatures to place an ordinance on the Nov 2012 ballot which calls for the establishment of a Democracy Day and, in addition, requires the mayor to send letters to our federal & state representatives stating that the citizens of Brecksville voted in support of an amendment that states Corporations are not people and money does not equal speech.  A copy of this petition is included on this website.

The city protested our petition and was put to a vote by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections which issued a tie vote.  The Ohio Secretary of State, John Husted, broke the tie in our favor and allowed the ordinance to appear on the Nov 6, 2012 ballot.  The city has appealed the ruling with the Ohio Supreme Court which should issue a ruling within a week or two. The decision by the Ohio Supreme Court can have a far reaching effect on the citizen initiative process in Ohio. 

In this day and age when everyone seems to be worried about the right of corporations & other legal entities to have "free unimpeded speech" no one talks about the "peoples" right to be heard.  We hear all the time about citizen disengagement and apathy.  Why is that do you think?  It's because so many people feel their vote doesn't count.  We can have an effect at the local level.  We have it in our power to engage our fellow citizens and to effect ordinances.  It's our right to do this.  Money in politics has a direct effect on our government at every level; local, state & federal.  This issue is one that the people must  be allowed to address.

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