Nominating Petition Reforms
DEMANDS CHANGES TO PROCESS THAT DISENFRANCHISES CITIZENS CHOICE
BY FAVORING INCUMBENTS
MarkAllen, lead organizer of the Voter Restoration Project, a voter-rightsand public policy community organizing campaign of the Black LeadershipDevelopment Institute (BLDI) aimed at reforming the political nominatingprocess that favors incumbents, today, along with coalition partner,the Monroe Foundation, announced plans for " A Community PoliticalAccountability Hearing On Petition Reforms", to be held later thismonth. Lance GoughExecutive Director and Atty. Langdon Neal, Chairman of The Chicago Boardof Elections have indicated their willingness to work with The VoterRestoration Project, hear testimony and support public policy changes.
Allen,veteran political activist, former National staff member to the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr and FieldDirector for Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and founder of the Black LeadershipDevelopment Institute (BLDI). a community organizing training center forBlack organizers, will invite elected officials, grassroots independent local candidates,. and policy-makers withthe Chicago and State Board of Elections to hear testimonies fromcitizen-voters who believe they have been disenfranchised from votingfor the candidate of their choice.
The Voter Restoration Projectis seeking registered voters, who have traditionally witnessed disenfranchisement by an electoralprocess that favors voters to testify at the hearing and lobby for these important reforms.
- Some of the Proposed Reforms are:
- COMPUTERIZED VOTER REGISTRATION ON-LINE THAT ARE KEPT IN A DATABASE, THAT IS UPDATED
- COMPUTERIZED SIGNATURE EACH TIME A REGISTERED VOTER VOTES IN A PRIMARY AND ELECTIONS
Longtimeregistered voters and other registered voters have to STOP beingdisenfranchised on the basis of "your current signature today does notlook like the original signature on your voter registration card."
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Black Leadership Development Institute